“…some machine learning projects succeed and some fail. What makes the difference? Easily the most important factor is the features used.”
-Pedros Domingo, author of The Master Algorithm
The COVID-19 pandemic rages on unrelentingly as we head into the winter months of 2020. The glimmer of hope is the group of innovative vaccines that have demonstrated high efficacy and hopefully high effectiveness as well. Innovation is so direly needed during this health crisis, and this mindset is exemplified by DeepMind of Google, where a team devised an impressive machine learning methodology called AlphaFold that is capable of translating a genomic sequence into a three-dimensional protein structure in a matter of minutes and hours (instead of years). This breakthrough by DeepMind to engender an in-depth understanding of protein structure will result in drug design improvements and improved patient outcomes.