Most of the tech and digital news this year has been depressing, if you ask me. Between Andreessen Horowitz investing upward of $350 million in the new Adam Neumann grift or Marc Zuckerberg gambling the future of Meta on us wearing cumbersome 3D helmets, the little world of digital tech seems utterly out of touch with our world's problems.
But this Friday, I'd suggest we get some fresh air and a dose of solid optimism about what digital can achieve.
How? Remembering that artificial intelligence cracked one of the most complex problems of modern biology this year: predicting the structure of 98.5% of the proteins known to science in 18 months.
And if you missed this colossal news or wonder why it's so amazing, well, let me introduce the fantastic Sabine Hossenfelder, science popularizer extraordinaire:
You might ask how DeepMind will monetize this incredible breakthrough and how it will milk it until the end of time. Glad you ask. The company is publishing the structures of these more than 200 million proteins on the open repository of protein research UniProt.
Have a great weekend 😎