There’s A ‘ChatGPT’ For Biology. What Could Go Wrong?

By U Cast Studios
April 11, 2023

There’s A ‘ChatGPT’ For Biology. What Could Go Wrong?
Animation by Erik English, edited under license from Alexdndz / Adobe.

­­­­­In recent months ChatGPT and other AI chatbots with uncanny abilities to respond to prompts with fluid, human-like writing have unleashed torrents of angst flowing from different quarters of society; the chatbots could help students cheat, encroach on jobs, or mass produce disinformation. Outside of the spotlight shining on the chatbots, researchers in the life sciences have also been rolling out similar artificial intelligence-driven technology, but to much less fanfare. That’s concerning, because new algorithms for protein design, while potentially advancing the ability to fight disease, may also create significant opportunities for misuse.

This article was written by Sean Ekins, Filippa Lentzos, Max Brackmann, Cédric Invernizzi and originally published by The Bulletin Of The Atomic Scientists.

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