Feb 24, 2022 - 5 min
How did this simple experiment produce such chilling results? An AI began with a set of molecules, including pesticides and instructions to reward toxicity while penalising any therapeutic activity. And within six hours, it had produced 40,000 killer molecules, including the nerve agent VX, responsible for the assassination of Kim Jong Un's half brother. In the wake of these startling results, Anjana Ahuja discovers how a team at Collaborations Pharmaceuticals repurposed this life-saving technology to design biochemical weapons and unmasked the dark side of AI.