Science and technology have a growing impact on our lives, from food and medicine to communication and entertainment. It can be argued that we have already entered our it was cyborg, having enhanced our skills through computers and the internet. It seems almost inevitable that we will eventually make our relationship with technology official by merging technology with our biological bodies. That’s the premise behind the 2018 action thriller. Gets better. In it, Gray Trace, played by Logan Marshall-Green, is paralyzed during a car accident. Later, under pressure from a wealthy inventor, he accepts an artificial intelligence implant that allows him to regain function in his limbs. He also turns him into a lethal killing machine.
We, fortunately, have not yet reached a place where an artificial intelligence can take control of our body movements, but soon they could take control of our appearance. At least part of it. Recently, scientists at Qingdao University of Science and Technology and their colleagues used artificial intelligence to design a new treatment for baldness. His findings were published in the magazine nano letters.
Age-related baldness is a common experience across the sex and gender spectrum and is often caused by a condition known as androgenetic alopecia. That condition is commonly known as male pattern baldness, although it doesn’t just affect biologically male people, and it has the potential to negatively affect self-confidence and self-image. While some people are comfortable with their hair loss and even accept it, many of us long for the days when we had a full head of luscious hair. Pharmacy shelves and infomercials abound with products that promise to restore your hair’s youthful vibrancy, but many have mediocre results at best. Maybe we just needed the right kind of mind, an artificial mind, to tackle the problem.
The researchers used artificial intelligence to predict chemical compounds that might be effective in combating hair loss. Their target was reactive oxygen species, free oxygen radicals, which dominate antioxidant enzymes in the body. When that balance gets out of whack, it can damage hair follicles and increase hair loss. Previous efforts have been made to develop compounds that can disrupt free radicals and allow hair growth to continue unabated, but have been largely unsuccessful. Artificial intelligence could be changing that.
Once the AI was trained, it spit out various potential compounds that the researchers reviewed. From among the computer-generated suggestions, they chose the one that seemed most promising and synthesized small leaves that they could use in experiments. Initial tests were carried out in the laboratory using human skin fibroblast cells. This first step was a proof of concept, intended to ensure that the compound known as MnPS3 was effective and safe. Those tests with human cells confirmed that MnPS3 reduced reactive oxygen species without negative side effects.
The next step was to test MnPS3 in mice to see if it was still safe and effective when used in a living organism. The researchers chose mice because they, too, suffer from androgenetic alopecia, which can cause large patches of thin or missing hair on the back. To test the compounds, the researchers built tiny microneedle patches, similar to those used to painless instant tattoosto deliver MnPS3 to the skin.
Within 13 days of treatment, the mice were growing thicker, denser hair that more effectively covered previously bald areas. In addition, the new treatment was more effective than alternative treatments with testosterone or minoxidil, a common treatment for baldness in humans. In fact, in some cases, hair growth was almost twice as robust in the test group compared to the minoxidil control. There is a long way from testing in mouse models to human trials, not to mention commercial availability. But someday, in the relatively near future, he may be able to improve his appearance, if not his hand-to-hand combat skills, all thanks to an artificial intelligence.
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