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news Sep 21, 2016

BenevolentAI first in Europe to use advanced deep learning supercomputer

London, 21 September 2016 – BenevolentAI, a leading British artificial intelligence (“AI”) company, today announced it is the first European company to begin using a purpose built version of the world’s most advanced deep learning AI supercomputer – the NVIDIA® DGX-1™. 

The acquisition of the DGX-1 will allow BenevolentAI to accelerate its biomedical insights into new therapeutics to treat serious diseases faster than previously possible by enhancing BenevolentAI's chemical modelling capabilities and enabling deeper interrogation of chemical structural activity relationships using the Company’s own proprietary AI algorithms.

NVIDIA’s state of the art AI supercomputer will support BenevolentAI’s unique Judgment Augmented Cognition System (JACS), a technology that uses deep natural language processing, machine learning and artificial intelligence to formulate new, usable knowledge from complex scientific information.  BenevolentAI’s proprietary technology creates a new partnership between researchers and computers that augments, accelerates and advances scientific discovery.

One of the first applications of JACS is in the bioscience sector, where it has enabled breakthrough insights by analysing millions of scientific articles and hundreds of medical databases.  As a result, BenevolentAI’s drug development scientists are able to form hypotheses and draw conclusions faster than any human researcher could alone – facilitating faster breakthroughs and delivering the potential for more precise and targeted medicines.
Ken Mulvany, Co-founder and Director of BenevolentAI, said: “There are 10,000 updates per day on PubMed alone, presenting an impossible challenge to scientists to keep up with the rate at which new scientific knowledge is produced. This new AI supercomputer will boost our processing power and accelerate the creation of new relationships amongst disparate information sources to yield faster scientific innovation. For the current application of our AI technology in the bioscience space, it will mean that new drug discoveries can be made faster and more efficiently than ever before.”

Alex White, Vice President of Enterprise EMEA at NVIDIA, commented: “We’re thrilled that BenevolentAI has chosen the DGX-1 as the platform for its ambitions to harness the power of AI for scientific discovery. The DGX-1 is the world’s first deep learning supercomputer in a box. It’s been designed to deliver the simplicity, accuracy and, most importantly, speed that data scientists and researchers need to unleash the potential of deep learning.”