Zuckerberg disease foundation buys AI engine to scour scientific papers for possible cures

Posted on 25 Jan 2017

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I’m really excited by this idea, applying AI to research analysis, because  researchers too often don’t seem to know about eachother’s work. There’s just too much going on in many fields, not to mention interdisciplinary innovation. I am a bit skeptical about machines understanding what is written well enough that this could work, but with a few billion dollars behind it… 

Zuckerberg and his doctor wife, Priscilla Chan, in September pledged $3 billion over the next decade to help banish or manage all disease, pouring some of the Facebook founder’s fortune into innovative research.

‘This is a big goal,’ Zuckerberg said at a San Francisco event announcing the effort of the philanthropic entity established by the couple in 2015.

‘But we spent the last few years speaking with experts who think it is possible, so we dug in.’

In the field of biomedicine alone, thousands of research papers are published daily, initiative science president Cori Bargmann and chief technology officer Brian Pinkerton said in a post on the charity’s Facebook page.

… Meta artificial intelligence can analyze insights across millions of papers, finding connections and patterns at scales and speeds impossible for humans to match unassisted. In the field of biomedicine alone, thousands of research papers are published daily. 

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If done right, this could be an evolutionary step in coordinating world wide research efforts.

Good luck to this team.