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Sean Ekins on the Dangers of AI Drug Discovery

January 5, 2023


On this special episode of the podcast, Emilia Javorsky interviews Sean Ekins about the dangers of AI drug discovery. They talk about how Sean discovered an extremely toxic chemical (VX) by reversing an AI drug discovery algorithm.


00:00 Introduction
00:46 Sean’s professional journey
03:45 Can computational models replace animal models?
07:24 The risks of AI drug discovery
12:48 Should scientists disclose dangerous discoveries?
19:40 How should scientists handle dual-use technologies?
22:08 Should we open-source potentially dangerous discoveries?
26:20 How do we control autonomous drug creation?
31:36 Surprising chemical discoveries made by black-box AI systems
36:56 How could the dangers of AI drug discovery be mitigated?


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