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Human and robot chemists work better together than alone

Human and robot chemists work better together than alone
Human and robot chemists work better together than aloneHuman and robot chemists work better together than alone

A new system helps labs determine the most efficient way to produce target molecules by utilising the strengths of humans and robots

Technology 24 January 2022

Scientists working with a robot in a lab

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Chemists have devised a new system to help robots and humans collaborate more efficiently in labs by recognising the strengths and weaknesses of each.

Automation is a growing feature of chemistry labs, taking over the many repetitive, complex and time-consuming tasks required to run experiments and measure results. In so-called “self-driving laboratories”, robots pour, mix, distil and titrate chemicals, while AI pores through data and highlights interesting experimental avenues.

A team from the University of Toronto suggests that a hybrid approach where humans …