Geoffrey Ozin: 'What does the rise of AI mean for the synthetic chemist?'

February 28, 2020 by Mireille Ghoussoub

The self-driving chemistry laboratory has now made its debut, thanks to advances in artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, supercomputers, and robotics.

The possibilities for chemistry now seem boundless, only constrained by the imagination of humans and/or robots who are going to have to learn to live, work, and play together.

As self-driving laboratories further develop, Professor Geoffrey Ozin asks how this will impact the nature of chemistry research and direct innovation in the chemical sciences in the long-term.

"Now it seems possible that a typical doctoral research program undertaken by a chemistry graduate student could be completed within a day in a self-driving laboratory," he says

"This is a mind-boggling feat of human ingenuity that is here to stay, and can only grow in sophistication and power to do synthetic chemistry in a brand new way."

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