What is so impressive with Google and DeepMind’s AlphaFold Technology

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Google-owned DeepMind has pushed the limits of Artificial intelligence. One of the first introductions most people had to DeepMind was through AlphaZero [1]. “AlphaZero achieved within 24 hours a superhuman level of play in the games of chess and shogi (Japanese chess) as well as Go, and convincingly defeated a world-champion program in each case.” AlphaZero achieved all of this through a process called reinforcement learning, basically playing repeated games against itself until it identified winning strategies.

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Personalized nutrition startup Zoe closes out Series B at $53M total raise

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Personalized nutrition startup Zoe — named not for a person but after the Greek word for ‘life’ — has topped up its Series B round with $20M, bringing the total raised to $53M.

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Xenobots: How the world’s First Organic Robots are amphibian, african, and smart

The team used a supercomputer running an evolutionary algorithm — basically ultra-fast trial and error — to find the optimal geometries for the Xenobots so they can efficiently communicate, operate, and heal. Cells are sticklers for coordination and layout, so the Xenobots’ cells must be correctly arranged to function. The algorithm simulates physical activities based on shape, which the Xenobots mimic. Each Xenobot design corresponds to a specific physical task.

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Biologists and Data Scientists: The cultural divide

The fields of biology and data science have a lot in common. Data scientists and biologists both analyze datasets to try to make sense of the world. Today, data science is becoming increasingly important for biology, as biologists increasingly use machine learning and AI for drug discovery, medical diagnosis, and automating repetitive tasks.

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