When chemistry becomes intelligent

| March 5, 2020

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Nowadays, artificial intelligence (AI) and computer programs have infiltrated almost every corner of our lives; from facial recognition, language translation, image and video production, to self-driving cars and personal care aides. Other applications that might not yet be mainstream knowledge have to do with scientific exploration and research and development. For example, AI has the potential to revolutionize medical practices through augmenting medical diagnosis and have found application in drug discovery. In many places, researchers have also attempted to use AI algorithms to manipulate biology, chemistry, and physics with different setup configurations that can detect DNA modifications caused during epigenetic regulation or gene mutation, choose the most optimal reaction pathways in synthesis, and search for exotic particles using adapted learning networks.

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Caspian Chemical FZCO

History of Caspian Group returns to 50 years ago when it was established in 1964. In 1980, due to a very bright and promising future of the Petrochemical industry in the Middle East, we decided to enter the Chemical business utilizing gathered expertise and well trained sales executives to develop the market for respective products. Since then Caspian Chemical has established a strong position as a reliable and reputable supplier of chemical raw material serving the Middle East and Africa market. Today we have grown to the large private sector chemical trading company in the Middle East, selling a wide range of chemical products, to meet the various requirements of our customers.

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Caspian Chemical FZCO

History of Caspian Group returns to 50 years ago when it was established in 1964. In 1980, due to a very bright and promising future of the Petrochemical industry in the Middle East, we decided to enter the Chemical business utilizing gathered expertise and well trained sales executives to develop the market for respective products. Since then Caspian Chemical has established a strong position as a reliable and reputable supplier of chemical raw material serving the Middle East and Africa market. Today we have grown to the large private sector chemical trading company in the Middle East, selling a wide range of chemical products, to meet the various requirements of our customers.

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