The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic will largely depend on how quickly safe and effective vaccines can be developed and tested. Some believe that it will take 12- to 18-months. The best bet to reduce that record-breaking timeline is by using artificial intelligence.
AI simulations have the potential to test all the trillions of possibilities with tens of thousands of (simulated) patients for a (simulated) period of many years and do all of this in a matter of hours or days.
Amplifying progress in creating new medications for diseases is among the most profound near-term objectives of AI, but it will also be enormously valuable when the next pandemic strikes. Deploying an effective cure in weeks could save millions of lives.