Artificial Intelligence (AI) is only beginning to be understood in terms of what it is capable of doing, but who would have guessed it would be able of fighting a deadly virus by understanding how it “talks” its way into healthy cells? Discovery Institute’s Mind Matters explains:
“More practically, AI programs that act as natural language processors can help catch deadly coronavirus mutations. The same strategies the AIs use for reading sentences can be used to read the virus’s attempts to escape destruction by mutations:
“‘Galileo once observed that nature is written in math. Biology might be written in words. Natural-language processing (NLP) algorithms are now able to generate protein sequences and predict virus mutations, including key changes that help the coronavirus evade the immune system.
“‘The key insight making this possible is that many properties of biological systems can be interpreted in terms of words and sentences.'” — Will Douglas Haven.
NLP can help predict “viral immune escape” — where the virus’s mutations prevent it from being destroyed by the human immune system. A research team led by computational biologist Bonnie Berger sees the virus’s ability to infect a host as “grammatical correctness” and its ability to stay there, despite efforts to get rid of it, as “semantic meaning.”
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