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Digest literature that expanded our horizons this month, guided by the themes that emerged strongly from the Singapore Budget 2020 statement delivered a little over a week ago.
Understandably, COVID-19 featured prominently in Budget 2020. Just as the Singapore government is employing wide-ranging measures to help companies and workers cope with the economic uncertainty brought about by COVID-19, artificial intelligence (AI) is being used in diverse - and sometimes surprising - ways to tackle various aspects of the outbreak. This article details some of these efforts, from using AI to identify molecules that are potentially effective at countering the coronavirus to using machine learning to make sense of voluminous data from different sources, including patient records, public health data and even social media. (Towards Data Science)
For a deeper look at how AI has unlocked new avenues for the rapid and cost-efficient identification of new antibiotics, this article on computer-aided drug discovery is worth a read as well. (The Guardian)
Another highlight from Budget 2020 was the Government's pledge of increased support for deep tech startups. But what exactly is deep tech, and what are the trends driving the growth of this burgeoning ecosystem on a global scale? This article offers answers to these questions and more. (BCG)
A little closer to home, how is Singapore faring on the deep tech front? This piece explores the areas of focus in the island state's deep tech research, and the gaps it needs to address in order for the sector to really take flight. (KrASIA)
Sustainability was also one of the themes of Budget 2020, with the Government announcing its plans to combat climate change. They rightfully underscored the need for such plans to be informed by a long-term, well-considered view. This story paints a cautionary tale of how an initiative with a green agenda can lead to unintended consequences for both the environment and people's livelihoods. (The New York Times)
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