Top AI companies are now at the front lines in this fight against Coronavirus(COVID-19)
As COVID-19 reaches more than 60 countries with global cases topping 95,500 and the number of death tolls crossing 3,000, the whole world is doing their best to avoid the catastrophe. While organisations like WHO and UN are releasing funds to facilitate research, many are looking towards AI to decelerate the crisis. The scientific communities across the world have galvanised to find a 21st-century solution to a 21st-century problem.
DeepMind today have announced that they are releasing structure predictions of several proteins that can promote research into the ongoing research around COVID-19. They have used the latest version of AlphaFold system to find these structures.
Alibaba has recently claimed that its new AI system can detect coronavirus in CT scans of patients’ chests with 96% accuracy against viral pneumonia cases. Its founder Jack Ma has also announced that his foundation will be donating $2.15m for developing the vaccine.
According to Alibaba, their new algorithm cuts down the whole process of recognition to a record 20 seconds. This is a vast improvement considering the traditional methods would take approximately 15 min to analyse a CT scan.
Baidu’s AI Team Open Sources LinearFold
Baidu’s AI team has released a tool — LinearFold to reduce 2019-nCoV prediction time from 55 minutes to 27 seconds.
This cut down of prediction time is crucial for understanding the virus and catalyse drug discovery.