Infotech Creates a Quantum Leap in Chemistry

What if a chemist could simply describe a new chemical compound and someone could instantly tell her the fastest, easiest, and safest way to create it?  What if a chemical company could save tens of millions of dollars by identifying the one most efficient way to synthesize important compounds out of hundreds of possibilities?  What if a company could figure out a safe, reliable way to synthesize a compound without resorting to trial-and-error or running afoul of some other company’s process patents?  What if a company could identify ways to manufacture products that avoids creating toxic by-products?  Or, what if law enforcement agencies could identify a potential terrorist project simply by identifying a pattern in someone’s purchases of chemicals?  Now, for the first time in history, these and dozens of other important applications are possible.  A new system called Chematica combines all the knowledge of all the world’s chemists with advanced query and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities.  What are the implications?  Who will benefit?  What will it mean to you?  We’ll explain.

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