09 Jun Artificial intelligence for social good
Participating competitively and making use of the benefits to access new markets implies meeting requirements and having a support infrastructure that contributes to a country’s competitiveness. In software development, the relationship between process quality and product quality is very complex, quality is one of the most important tools to achieve the benefits of trade and gain recognition in international markets.
Having said the above, we will delve into studying Saška Mojsilović, IBM data scientist and food writer, who proposes us a quite interesting alternative: developing beneficial and reliable technologies and finding connections through food. Mojsilović has delved into AI for drug discovery while still advocating for the ethical use of AI, which is a look into the future and an excellent idea to help us in a possible new global crisis.
He is part of the IBM Science for Social Goodn program, a group of several IBM Research colleagues dedicated to harnessing scientific talent and addressing pressing social and humanitarian challenges. The culture of AI research and development must be completely intertwined with the problems of social good,
One of several projects he is leading is the harnessing of natural food-based medicines. In the world there are hundreds of medicines, many of them off-patent, derived from naturally occurring meats, fruits or vegetables that are processed with technologies that ensure quality, pre-control food pests, such as insects, rodents and birds, to keep food safe for processing and human consumption.
A wealth of data suggests that hundreds of off-patent drugs well known in the treatment of non-cancer indications may also be useful in treating cancer and mental illness. Such is the case of Tryptophan, an essential amino acid obtained from foods such as meat, eggs, fish, milk and dairy products. It is used to treat insomnia, depression and other nervous system disorders.
Resveratrol, a phenolic compound found in nuts, grapes and wine. It has been shown to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used to treat cardiovascular disease, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.
Or Curcumin, a compound found in turmeric, a popular spice in Asian cuisine. It has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antidepressant properties. It is used to treat chronic inflammatory diseases.
Just as these examples taken for contextualization, there are millions of drugs in the world that can be obtained and harnessed from natural foods, what is sought is to adopt a systematic approach to find and evaluate all the evidence on these generic non-carcinogenic drugs.
Sources: Blog IBM