Is the great stagnation over?

Shortly after the 1918 “Spanish Flu” departed, the Roaring Twenties arrived. History may not rhyme, but even an echo of that powerful economic boom would be most welcome.

Here’s one reason why I’m cautiously hopeful that a kind of Roaring Twenties Redux might follow the coronavirus pandemic: Artificial intelligence researchers at Google’s DeepMind unit announced Monday that an AI program had cracked the long-term problem of predicting how proteins in the human body fold into 3D shapes. “This long-sought breakthrough could accelerate the ability to understand diseases, develop new medicines and unlock mysteries of the human body,” The New York Times reports.



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