back to article EurekAI... Neural network leads chemists to discover 'four new materials'

Chemists have discovered four new materials based on ideas generated from a neural network, according to research published in Nature. Uncovering new materials is challenging. Scientists have to search for combinations of molecules that lead to useful compounds that can be manufactured. Traditional methods rely on fiddling …

  1. spold Silver badge

    Flubber

  2. Bitsminer Bronze badge

    Naming the thing

    Reading the paper, I find the discovered substance is called a "defect-stuffed wurtzite".

    Chemists have all the fun.

  3. elkster88
    Trollface

    Are any of them ...

    ... (the finest) Green?

  4. ITS Retired

    AI is looking to take over.

    First a better power source, which we will build for them, then self writing code, for a Posatronic brain, then...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: AI is looking to take over.

      SkyNet?

      Yeah, I see that one coming too. I bet it's already putting the more interesting discoveries aside*..

      * Yes, I always post conspiracy theories early in the morning - that way they stay longer unrefuted before the sane people wake up :)

      1. Chillihead666

        Re: AI is looking to take over.

        Skynet is already here. British MOD comms.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skynet_(satellite)

        And there is a Cyberdyne Inc in Japan (they do cyborg research apparently)

        https://www.cyberdyne.jp/english/

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: AI is looking to take over.

          Skynet is already here. British MOD comms.

          LOL, thanks for the laugh. If BOWMAN was a guide to their sterling advances in communication technology I think I'll take a blanket along for smoke signals. It was very funny to watch a couple of US military chaps coming to the UK for a meeting realise just how fantastically evolved UK in-theatre communication was. You literally saw the life force drain from their faces..

          If SkyNet is depending on UK MOD to get something sensible to work, Arnie the Terminator is at least a couple of centuries away from having a job.

          1. UCAP Silver badge

            Re: AI is looking to take over.

            MoD SKYNET is actually very good - the Skynet-5 spacecraft (now reaching the end of their original operational life) had enormous communications capacity, something the US tapped into from time to time. The only real problem is the PFI system under which they were brought into service, and we have a certain G. Brown to thank for that!

            Watch this space for the next generation Skynet spacecraft!

            Now terrestrial systems like BOWMAN are bad, albeit not quite as much as some people think (I know several ex-Signals Regt who have commented on it); again this can be blamed on the same person as above who thought he could pay for a clapped-out banger and get a brand new smart limo.

  5. Gene Cash Silver badge
    FAIL

    Basically a sophisticated random number generator?

    This looks like someone building a complicated application-specific random number generator (ASRNG) to me.

    It's better than nothing, though, since we have no f*cking clue how batteries really work and what might make better ones.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Basically a sophisticated random number generator?

      I bet the bunny knows, but he's not talking.

    2. LionelB Bronze badge

      Re: Basically a sophisticated random number generator?

      This looks like someone building a complicated application-specific random number generator (ASRNG) to me.

      A.k.a. stochastic optimisation.

      And yes, certainly better than nothing.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Basically a sophisticated random number generator?

        I had a friend who, years ago, tried to design a new font by putting random patterns of bits in an 8x8 grid and picking the good ones.

        It wasn't very successful.

        1. LionelB Bronze badge

          Re: Basically a sophisticated random number generator?

          He he. Good 8x8 fonts are probably a bit thin on the ground.

  6. trindflo Bronze badge
    Pirate

    They keep saying how important the human is to this process

    I can't help but think the human needs to be there in order to patent it and not a lot more.

    1. Paul Hovnanian Silver badge

      Re: They keep saying how important the human is to this process

      I think you were downmodded by a robot.

      1. trindflo Bronze badge
        Pint

        Re: They keep saying how important the human is to this process

        I see what you did there.

  7. W.S.Gosset Silver badge

    Yeeha

    I thought decades ago that this was an ideal venue for AI, and now someone's actually done it. Excellent!

  8. Geez Money

    Back when..

    Back when I was an undergrad, our chem prof told us that they were replacing hundreds of experimental chemists with a single computational chemist and just needed to retain a few to verify results. Now it seems hundreds of computational chemists can be replaced with an AI chemist. Ain't progress grand?

    1. Chris G Silver badge

      Re: Back when..

      I had a similar conversation with the head of science at my school in the sixties after reading something in New Scientist.

      I guess the idea needed some refining.

  9. Old Hand

    You could have mentioned that the focus was on Lithium because is is so LIGHT chemical terms; third in the periodic table.

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