To me. Looking at machine learning networks. It would make sense if the atoms are just different networks.
That is. They handle input and give output. The main difference I speculate is that they also learn or update their weights to keep scores of different properties.
I guess that among the weights are the ”randomly” distances the electron is from the core. So the atom manages so many weight values because its so fast.
The scores I guess is the important part. The score are just the ?energy property values of the specific atom.
Then I guess that changing the score values of the atoms together with the input of colliding atoms could lead to fusion.