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New Chemputer AI Helps Improve Drug Development
- February 25, 2020
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
Today, a talented team of chemical engineering specialists from the University of Glasgow introduced a new unusual working concept Chemputer, with which you can truly revolutionize the scientific approach to the creation of certain chemicals, compounds and even drug molecules. We are talking about a special robotic chemical system that can read the universal format of chemical drawings, thus independently engaging in the production of molecules of various drugs and substances – well, or almost independently. The main aspect here lies in the ability to control the system through a smartphone.
Chemputer developers, namely professors Lee Cronin and Regius Cheir, say that their development is the first step to a revolution in the field of chemical production, since the system, based on a universal digital code, can reproduce commands for creating certain molecules of substances and connections without outside interference or control. Of course, at this stage of testing the system, control is necessary, and it is carried out, however preliminary results show that the system will be able to work independently very soon.
The chemical recipes necessary to give the AI system a command go through a special software process called Chempiler, where the output is a ready-made and accurate instruction for the system in order to create certain molecules of certain substances. It is worth noting that such an almost autonomous system has already received its first update and can now be controlled using a smartphone connected to it.
In the future, specialists want to further improve the functionality and features of the Chemputer system, adding the ability to create scheduled jobs and tasks. However, here one very important idea and necessity arises, which concerns the need to select only those work algorithms that have already become proven and most relevant for working in such a system.