Protein folding AI: "Will Change Everything"

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Biology looks to be where AI can really shine, as it is simply too complex for human brains to grasp. Is the promise that AI can 'derive' biochemistry like a good human physicist can deduce a good hypothesis for physical phenomena from basic principles?
 
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As far as I understand it is definitely not deducing from basic principles, it is more like deducing any principles from experimental results. A very large number of them, and more than unassisted human minds manage to see the underlying patterns in. Er, I think that's induction rather than deduction.

Physical principles are used, seemingly to a limited extent by the programme, according to this related article https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01357-6 - the programme runs through structures to eliminate physically impossible ones. I would guess the combination of approaches, using physical calculations to refine the inductively predicted structures will in future be very powerful.
 

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