This AI found 40,000 possible chemical weapons in just a few hours

The artificial intelligence It has more and more useful applications in medicine. The problem is that a simple change of direction it can cause the very algorithms used to do good to do the opposite. This is what an international team of scientists has just demonstrated by obtaining more than 40,000 possible chemical weapons with an AI initially used for the get medicine.

It actually makes sense. These types of algorithms use AI to track a large number of molecules possible which ones obtain a pharmacological benefit without causing toxicity. If we turn the tide and forget about the benefits, we may just get those chemical compounds capable of causing toxicity. Just select them instead of deleting them.

Fortunately, not all of these AI-selected molecules are Chemical Weapons. Many may never have been synthesized. However, they are so easy to get It is worrying to say the least. This is why the authors of the research challenged the scientific community on this subject, both at the Convergence conference of the Federal Institute for Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection, and in a study published in Intelligence of natural machines.

The hidden face of artificial intelligence

Obtaining medication is generally a process of trial and error. A candidate substance is taken and both its effectiveness in treating a particular condition and its possible side effects. This is done by moving from cell cultures to humans, usually through laboratory animals.

This is how it has traditionally been done. A good example is Chinese scientist Tu Youyou. She discovered a cure for malaria test the various natural compounds described in the manuals of traditional medicine of their country. And he got it pretty quickly. However, it is a tedious and time-consuming procedure, which does not always give good results. Therefore, with the progress of new technologies they were developed artificial intelligence algorithms capable of analyzing millions of possible chemical compounds within hours and determining their strengths and weaknesses. Its effectiveness is sought, but also its harmlessness. Once the candidates have been obtained, the traditional laboratory tests are carried out, but with a much more precise starting point.