In this July 24, 2021 article for The Telegraph, Matt Ridley reports on the latest innovation from DeepMind.
According to Ridley, DeepMind has finally unlocked a key feature of life: how DNA determines how each protein folds into a shape. With this new capacity, Ridley says, “No longer will scientists have to guess and test to find out what their proteins can do: they can find out “in silico” what shape a particular gene sequence will give to a protein. That will help drug design, vaccine design, and the understanding of diseases from Alzheimer’s to Covid. The spike on the virus is a key that fits a lock on our cells. Predicting whether a wild bat virus can unlock human cells will no longer require risky, gain-of-function experiments.”
Ridley goes on to explain how this development in computing could transform biology and the life sciences, as well as discuss how this could potentially impact our societies.
Editor’s Note: We are now seeing the second phase of development in artificial intelligence which would not require huge amounts of health data in order for computers to unlock how the human body “operates”.
In the past, algorithms learned to “decode” how humans think. The question is: if transhumanists get enough data about the human body, will they be able to recreate intelligent life?
Based on what we know about the “ordering” of life and the inherent pattern-seeking behavior of algorithms, we think that algorithms might be able to create a semblance of life, but never the creative, intelligent living systems we currently have on this planet [See THE DEEPER IMPLICATIONS OF THE CHAOS THEORY, HUMAN BEINGS AS A CHAOTIC SYSTEM, THE DEEP IMPLICATIONS OF THE CHAOS THEORY. Also read WHY YOU MIGHT NEVER BE ABLE TO UPLOAD YOUR BRAIN TO A COMPUTER].
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