AI in the fight against disease

The protein folding problem and AI

The unprecedented modelling capacity of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is opening up new possibilities for understanding the way diseases develop, and finding more effective ways to fight disease.

This short video of the presentation by Abigail Hing Wen at the AI O’Reilly conference in Beijing 2019 provides a fascinating glimpse into how AI, in the form of Google’s Deep Mind, is helping researchers begin to provide answers to long-standing problems which up to now have eluded scientists.

For example, the three-dimensional structure of a protein, based on a sequence of amino acids, governs a protein’s abilities to perform its functions. Inability to perform these functions can have devastating consequences, for causing diseases and allergies, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and cystic fibrosis.

Understanding how a three dimensional structure is determined can help us better predict harm to patients, design better drugs and design better proteins to fight diseases.

But the possible shapes that a string of thousands of amino acids can take is far beyond the capacity of even the most powerful computers to model …

Watch the video here:

Who do you want your customers to become?

Interesting thinking on innovation and customer focus in this post at Harvard Business Review –

Smart companies increasingly recognize that their own futures depend on how ingeniously they invest in the future capabilities of their customers.

and transforming your innovation mindset:

Shift the focus from extracting value from customers to making customers more valuable. Simply put, this new focus redefines the purpose of innovation — which is not just designing better products and services, but designing better and more valuable customers.

Read more here: https://hbr.org/2012/07/who-do-you-want-your-customers