By 2040 will we use Simulated Humans in Clinical Trials to accelerate drug development & approvals as Kurzweil Predicts?

Ray Kurzweil recently predicted that we will use simulated humans to accelerate clinical trials and cure all major diseases by 2029 (full quote below)

  • by using simulated humans Kurzweil believes we can greatly speed up both drug development & approvals

I've modified his prediction by extending it to 2040 as a margin of error & excluded his mention of curing all major diseases.

Resolution Criteria

  1. Use of Simulated Humans in the majority of Clinical trials by 2040

  2. The use of these simulated humans must greatly accelerate the time it takes for a drug to be approved

    • Currently it takes average of 10 years between initial discovery to full approval. This time should be brought down considerably by then

Full Quote from Kurzweil:

I’ll add one more AI topic, and I’m sure we’ll get into a lot more during the questions and answers. But something else that’s also extremely exciting, which is simulated biology.

This has already started. The Moderna vaccine was created by feeding in every possible combination of mRNA sequences and simulating in the computer what would happen.

They tried several billion of such sequences, and they went through them all and seen what the impact would be. It took two days to process all several billion of them. And then they had the vaccine. It actually took two days to create.

It’s been the most successful COVID vaccine. And because we did test it with humans, we’re going to get over that as well.

We’re ultimately going to be using biological simulation of humans to replace human testing. I mean, rather than spending a year or several years testing the results on a few hundred subjects, none of which probably match you, we will test it on a million or more simulated humans in just a few days.

So to cure cancer, for example, we’ll simply feed in every possible method that can detect cancer cells from normal cells and destroy them or do anything that would help us.

And we won’t evaluate them. We’ll just feed in all the ideas we have about each of these possibilities into the computer.

The computer will evaluate all of the many billions of sequences and provide the results. We’ll then test the final product with simulated humans, also very quickly.

And we’ll do this for every major health predicament. It will be done a thousand times faster than conventional methods.

And based on our ability to do this, we should be able to overcome most significant health problems by 2029.

That’s, by the way, my prediction for passing the Turing test. I came out with that in 1999. People thought that was crazy.

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