A.I. Could Be Used Finding Extraterrestrial Life

New Software

Is there life on other planets? That is a question that has been posed by the scientific community for decades. Now it has been found that artificial intelligence can be used as the ideal tool for answering this question.

A.I. has recently been utilised in a new software that categorises planets throughout the known universe, and predicts how probable they are for sustaining life. It places planets into five categories, and states how likely organisms can thrive on them, and how feasible future interstellar travel to the planet will be.

This is based on new work by the UK university of Plymouth. On April 4 they showcased their new software at the EWASS (European Week of Astronomy and Space Science). The software uses artificially created neural networks to recreate how the human mind thinks. This is one of the most common forms of modern A.I. It acts as one of the key elements that allows the machine to think and learn.

The Applications

This new technology has a number of exciting applications for the future of space exploration. The planet categorising software can be used on unmanned space probes. These can then be deployed to distant planets which can send back the data to Earth.

Using A.I. in unmanned ships is safer and faster than using humans. It also allows for a greater scope of data collection since the ships will be able to:

  • Travel further
  • Provide more accurate, reliable and complex analysis

These new developments have shown that A.I. is one of the most useful tools to be utilised in the future of space exploration. It is predicted that both NASA and SpaceX will use artificial intelligence to collect and analyse the data of planets. This shows that A.I. will not only continue to be used in everyday life in the future, but also outside our own planet.