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The emerging link between medicine and artificial intelligence has unravelled a new chapter following research, which reveals that drug development could be accelerated using a new AI program labelled neural network. It is reported that the AI studies information about which drugs interact with various proteins in the human body to predict new drug-protein interactions. The data acquired is then able to uncover unseen drug interactions and suggest potential new treatments for various diseases. In a series of tests conducted by MIT’s computational biologist team, the network discovered never-before-seen interaction between the leukaemia medication and a strand of protein, which is thought to be involved in different types of cancer. The latest discoveries could pave the way for greater collaboration across pharmaceutical development, and hospitals administering accurate treatment.

On another note, AI could be bridging the humanistic divide after Magic Leap, an augmented-reality start up, introduced the ‘next evolution’ of the virtual assistant called Mica which comes with unprecedented life-like features. With the use of specially designed augmented reality glasses, users will be able to come into contact with a life like version of the assistant which could demonstrate features beyond just conversing, but also making eye contact and yawning. At this rate fake news will be the least of our worries!

This week also saw Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announce $1bn of investment in a new college of computing which will specialise in AI. The landmark investment signifies the importance of AI evolution, one that has not been matched by other nations such as the UK. According to the article, the new college will act as an interdisciplinary hub for data and computer science-related work, and be named after its largest donor Blackstone chairman, Stephen Schwarzman.

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Robot ‘talks’ to MPs about future of AI in the classroom

For the first time ever a robot has appeared in front of a parliamentary select committee to provide evidence on the benefits of artificial intelligence in education. The robot known as ‘Pepper’ was brought in to highlight that the current educational system had to change drastically to accommodate the current pace of technological change.

UK’s first Institute for Ethical AI in Education (IEAIED) launches #FutureofEducation

At a reception hosted by Speaker of the House John Bercow MP, the Institute for Ethical AI in Education has been launched, aimed at discovering how ethics can be ‘designed in’ to every aspect of AI in education and supporting young people in the fast paced growth of technology. The institute will be steered by educationalist Anthony Seldon, AI in education scientist Professor Rose Luckin and social impact entrepreneur Priya Lakhani.

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