Wednesday, August 6, 2014

"We won't have RoboCops wandering around in the lab.”

"Excuse me, I have to go. Somewhere there is
an impurity forming."
That quote via this very interesting feature from Nature News and Comment on organic synthesis software/hardware systems:
...Grzybowski is also bidding for a grant from the Polish government, worth up to 7 million złoty (US$2.3 million), to use Chematica as the brain of a synthesis machine that can prove itself by automatically planning and executing syntheses of at least three important drug molecules. 
Others are doubtful that will happen — at least any time soon. For the foreseeable future, “there will always be a significant need for human intervention”, says Simon Tyler, commercial director of CatScI, a contract-research company in Cardiff, UK, that is involved in Dial-a-Molecule. “We won't have RoboCops wandering around in the lab.”...
Don't worry, our jobs are fine. They'll fix everything. (kidding)


  1. I wouldn't lose you too much sleep over it. "Experts" have been calling for the replacement of computer programmers since the 1960's, (although sometimes I wonder if there are any real programmers left at Microsoft :-)

  2. Time to read "Fail-Safe".