A recently developed AI technology found more than 6,000 new craters on the Moon which have never been observed until now. And it only took several hours for the AI technology to map these craters.
Scientists used the AI neural networks to research the lunar surface
The study was a tremendous success as the AI was able to discover more than 6,000 new craters on the Moon’s surface by reading previously recorded data during previously made Moon observations.
Besides, the researchers noticed that the Moon is pierced by some craters of billions of years old.
“Basically we need to manually look at an image, locate and count the craters and then calculate how large they are based off the size of the image,” explained Mohamad Ali-Dib, an astronomer at the University of Toronto, talking about the regular method to depict new craters.
How did the AI technology found the craters?
At first, the scientists instructed the AI neural network regarding the data collected during the previous lunar observations, which included about 66% of the Moon’s surface.
Then, the researchers questioned the AI about the remaining part of the Moon and the results returned 92% of the lunar craters that have been found by astronomers in previous lunar observations.
Once the AI has been successfully past the tests, it was set to discover new craters. Therefore, the AI detected more than 6,000 craters which have never been seen before.
The AI is powered by a Nvidia GPU
The AI is packed with a Nvidia Tesla P100 GPU and possess a cuDNN-accelerated TensorFlow. This AI has also discovered craters on Mercury and the same AI technology is used in self-driving cars.
A report about this study, which presents how the newly developed AI technology found more than 6,000 new craters on the Moon, is currently pre-published and under review by the team from the journal Icarus.