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A giant, superfast AI chip is being used to find better cancer drugs

A new generation of specialised hardware could make drug development and material discovery orders of magnitude faster.
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Scientist Elena Rozhkova of the Argonne National Laboratory examines brain cancer cells under a microscope; courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory
Scientist Elena Rozhkova of the Argonne National Laboratory examines brain cancer cells under a microscope; courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory
By Karen Hao At Argonne National Laboratory, roughly 30 miles from downtown Chicago, scientists try to understand the origin and evolution of the universe, create longer-lasting batteries, and develop precision cancer drugs. All these different problems have one thing in common: they are tough because of their sheer scale. In drug discovery, it’s estimated that there could be
it requires processing so many types of data—brain images, biomarkers, text—very quickly. Ultimately Stevens is excited by the potential that the combination of AI software and hardware advancements will bring to scientific exploration. “It’s going to change dramatically how scientific simulation happens,” he says. (Copyright 2019 Technology Review, Inc. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC)
By Karen Hao At Argonne National Laboratory, roughly 30 miles from downtown Chicago, scientists try to understand the origin and evolution of the universe, create longer-lasting batteries, and develop precision cancer drugs. All these different problems have one thing in common: they are tough because of their sheer scale. In drug discovery, it’s estimated that there could be it requires processing so many types of data—brain images, biomarkers, text—very quickly. Ultimately Stevens is excited by the potential that the combination of AI software and hardware advancements will bring to scientific exploration. “It’s going to change dramatically how scientific simulation happens,” he says. (Copyright 2019 Technology Review, Inc. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC)

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