We are delighted to share that the inaugural Kavli Award Lecture for 2022 took place last week. Google DeepMind's CEO, Demis Hassabis, visited Kavli INsD to present his lecture and to receive his award. Kavli INsD Director Professor Carol Robinson introduced the speaker and described his outstanding career path. The event, which was also livestreamed via Zoom, continued with Demis Hassabis's lecture on "Using AI to Accelerate Scientific Discovery".
In his talk, Demis mentioned how they were able to solve the protein folding problem with AlphaFold. For 50 years, people have been working on protein folding, a problem first articulated by Nobel Prize winner Christian Anfinsen. In his Nobel acceptance speech in 1972, Anfinsen predicted that in theory, it should be possible to go from the one-dimensional sequence to the three-dimensional shape.