Why we're investing $150 million to bring biology and AI together: Eric and Wendy Schmidt
Eric and Wendy Schmidt, Opinion contributors
Published 2:31 PM GMT+5:30 Apr. 5, 2021 Updated 9:25 PM GMT+5:30 Apr. 5, 2021Life and computer sciences have long moved in parallel.
In the 1950s, Rosalind Franklin confirmed the structure of DNA while computer scientists were creating artificial intelligence, teaching machines to play checkers. Two decades later, Moore’s Law as we know it took hold, with computing power doubling every two years. Meanwhile, in 1975, Frederick Sanger was figuring out how to sequence a genome. In the 1990s, the Human Genome Project kicked off while Deep Blue prepared to play and went on to beat reigning chess champion Garry Kasparov. A few years later, we had a full sequence of a human genome — and the ability to make some medical diagnoses with artificial intelligence. READ MORE