Back in 2017, Bill Gates — co-founder of Microsoft and an avid philanthropist — penned a short blog post in the form of a commencement address for that year’s graduating cohorts. He outlined three fields that he thought graduates should apply themselves to if they truly wished to have an outsized impact on the future of civilization. The first two picks were artificial intelligence (AI) and energy (ahead of biosciences).
If the Perseverance rover finds evidence for microbes on Mars, our self-esteem will not be affected since it is obvious that we are more intelligent than they are. But if the rover bumps into the wreckage of a spacecraft far more advanced than we ever produced, our ego will be challenged.
Currently being tested by healthcare professionals in Paris hospitals, this innovation is also a sign that the field of medicine is open to such initiatives and no longer afraid to work hand in hand with new tools of this kind.
Conversations about Artificial Intelligence usually involve robots, space exploration machines, and smart home devices. The impact of this technology on education is much less discussed, although AI could change it completely.
One-third of children with a microdeletion of chromosome 22 will later develop a psychotic illness such as schizophrenia. But how do we know which of these children might be affected? Today, various studies have contributed to the understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms that are associated with the development of psychotic illnesses. The problem is that the ability to identify those at risk and adapt their treatment accordingly remains limited. Indeed, many variables – other than neurobiological – contribute to their development.
With record heat waves globally and extreme flooding impacting Europe and China, now is a pivotal moment to interrogate the interplay of technology and the environment, including the role of artificial intelligence (AI).
Researchers are developing artificial intelligence that could assess climate change tipping points. The deep learning algorithm could act as an early warning system against runaway climate change.
Biotechnology is an area from which some of the world’s most exciting innovations emerge. But as seasoned healthcare investors know, it’s a sector that can deliver heavy losses as well as huge gains. Biotech Growth Trust (BIOG) has certainly had its share of volatility recently, with its share price rising 68 per cent last year but down 24 per cent between the start of this year and 21 September.
About the size of a grain of sand, the new flying microchip (or “microflier”) does not have a motor or engine. Instead, it catches flight on the wind-much like a maple tree’s propeller seed-and spins like a helicopter through the air toward the ground.
Venture capitalists are raising record amounts of cash to pour into life sciences businesses, to gain exposure to a sector which has been in the spotlight during the coronavirus pandemic.