In DepthARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

AIs direct search for materials breakthroughs

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Science  13 Dec 2019:
Vol. 366, Issue 6471, pp. 1295-1296
DOI: 10.1126/science.366.6471.1295

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Artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics are combining to tackle a big problem in the discovery of new materials. With more than 100 elements in the periodic table and the ability to combine them in virtually limitless ways, the number of possible materials is daunting. There are also numerous techniques to form new materials, process them, analyze their structure, and evaluate properties such as how well they conduct electricity. AI-driven robotics are now searching the vast material landscape for the precious few gems able to change the future of technology. They've also discovered new solar cell compounds and designs of tougher 3D-printed plastic parts. And the search has only just begun.

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