Developers of AlphaFold get the $3 million Breakthrough Prize
The creators of the artificial intelligence (AI) system AlphaFold have been awarded one of this year’s $3 million Breakthrough Awards, which are the most valuable accolades in science. The technology that has predicted the 3D structures of practically every known protein on the world was developed by Demis Hassabis and John Jumper, both of DeepMind in London.
According to Mohammed AlQuraishi, a computational biologist at Columbia University in New York City, “few discoveries so profoundly affect a subject, so soon.” The profession of structural biology has undergone significant changes, both computationally and experimentally.
The prize was one of five Breakthrough awards announced on September 22 for accomplishments in the biological sciences, physics, and mathematics.
The award-winning AI AlphaFold was built on the success of DeepMind’s AlphaGo. V The day after leaving Seoul, the group’s attention was directed toward protein folding.
In November 2020, the system made headlines when it defeated about 100 other software systems to win the biennial CASP. The success of DeepMind’s AlphaGo served as the foundation for the award-winning AI AlphaFold.allenge (Critical Assessment of Structure Prediction). The team had to start afresh because an earlier version of AlphaFold had won in 2018, but not by a significant margin. Finding the ideal balance between the architecture—the limitations imposed by the accepted underlying science—and the data is crucial in machine learning, according to Jumper.
More than 500,000 academics have used the machine learning system since DeepMind launched an open-source version of AlphaFold in July 20211, producing thousands of articles. 200 million protein structures predicted from amino acid sequences were published by DeepMind in July of this year AlphaFold had already won in 2018, but not by a significant margin, forcing the team to start afresh.
This is a significant accomplishment, says University College London computational biologist Christine Orengo, “not just because they constructed the software but also because they made it available to the public .”presented every one of those buildings.” She goes on to note that the achievement was made possible by the enormous quantity of protein sequence data that people around the world had accumulated.
Hassabis claims he was “stunned” when he learned he had won a Breakthrough prize, while Jumper claims he “could not believe it was for real.” Hassabis wants to make a contribution a portion of his money to programmes that help rural Nepali schools as well as efforts that promote diversity in education.