Most of the time, Aliens and exoplanets grab my interest. As you know, NASA works on many pieces of research about it, and time to time publishes some documents. According to NASA, we can use Artificial Intelligence technologies in order to find Aliens.
How does this topic come to my mind and why do I want to talk about Aliens and AI? Many things are happening around us even we do not realize and many types of research or/and ideas come true over there. For example, I am not sure whether most of you have seen an article written by a robot but there is that article… and also Neuralink… So, AI is everywhere, and why not AI could aid in the search for the exoplanets – sure it can!
Machine learning is one of the artificial intelligence technologies and it uses data to interpret. For searching for Aliens’ life, we can get that data from telescopes. Perhaps, those telescopes will be more specific ones and what I am sure of is that data will be noisy and huge. Maybe it is a good point to understand why we need to deal with big data. Not just for the companies also for humanity. After getting the data from the observations, we will need to understand them and that is why machine learning algorithms could be a potential tool for us. Also, NASA collects 2 gigabytes of data every 15 seconds but we are able to analyze only a small amount of data which means that there are not enough resources. Therefore, the tools will be really useful when they developed.
As I mentioned, NASA is taking further steps to develop advanced machine learning methods. NASA has a program called Frontier Development Lab (FDL) every summer and many investors, companies, and people who have an interest and knowledge come together to work on new ML techniques. For example, neural networks and the brain are not new topics even though a few days ago we heard about Elon Musk’s Neuralink. There are many techniques that have been used neural networks to analyze images and based on the analysis identify exoplanets’ existence. Using this neural network technique, the researchers were able to identify the abundance of various molecules in the atmosphere of an exoplanet called WASP-12b more accurately than conventional methods.
One of the other techniques is creating 3D models of asteroids and these models include their size, shape…etc. Sometimes, we hear the asteroid related news and newsreader says “after X years later the asteroid called Y can enters Earth’s atmosphere” – This type of models is important to detect from Earth if there is any threat.
In addition, thanks to Neuralink we will no longer need to learn other languages. We will be able to learn so fast through chips and who knows maybe we can connect with Aliens using the chips even though these planets are light-years away.