In recent months, the main creators of artificial intelligence (AI) have warned that this technology may be more dangerous than the atomic bomb. But at the same time, AI is being applied with great success to improve the quality of research and medicine. The promises seem as gaudy as the supposed dangers.
In the second episode of the series What world do we live in? Javier Salas and Nuño Domínguez explore how AI is being applied to the development of proteins that do not exist in nature. World-class experts such as David Baker, recent Frontiers of Knowledge Award from the BBVA Foundation, and Noelia Ferruz, a researcher at the Institute of Molecular Biology of Barcelona, explain the potential of this technology.
Proteins play a fundamental role in almost all biological processes. Understanding their structure in detail and designing molecules with new functions opens up new opportunities to tackle big problems in innovative ways. AI-engineered proteins can make it possible to create new drugs and vaccines faster and cheaper, as well as find other ways to generate energy or remove pollution; a whole revolution
Script Nuno Dominguez and Javier Salas
Image: Luis Almodóvar, Olivia López Bueno and Luis Manuel Rivas
Edition: Luis Manuel Rivas
graphics: Carmen Castellón and Gabriel Merino
Sound: Christian Aira