Fast radio bursts are among the most mysterious occurrences in the Universe, and a few have also speculated that they may originate from alien technology. Now, groundbreaking artificial intelligence has been employed to uncover dozens of these intriguing signals coming from the deep space.
The new AI found 72 fast radio bursts (FRBs) emitted by distant galaxies from the same region of the Universe, said Breakthrough Initiatives’ Listen, a program searching for evidence of alien life in another area of the Universe. FRBs have long been considered one of the mysterious events in the Universe. They are intense bursts of radio waves that can be spotted by radio telescoped only for a brief period, after that they vanish.
Scientists have no idea what is triggering them, or how they may have occurred. And, as a matter of fact, their localization can be extremely tricky, as, by now, only a reasonably small fraction of these FRBs’ locations have been identified.
Scientists developed groundbreaking artificial intelligence that detected 72 fast radio bursts coming from the same region of the Universe
Researchers have identified 72 of these blasts originating from the same place. They managed to detect those weird FRBs using the newly developed artificial intelligence that reviewed the available data on these mysterious events and identified several detections that had been previously unseen.
These puzzling fast radio bursts emanated from 121102, and are supposed to originate from a galaxy three billion light-years away from the Earth. But it’s not yet known what’s triggering them. Many speculated that highly magnetized neutron stars might be involved, while others even claimed that these signals are nothing else than messages emitted by alien technology.
“Not all discoveries come from new observations. In this case, it was smart, original thinking applied to an existing dataset. It has advanced our knowledge of one of the most tantalizing mysteries in astronomy,” said Pete Worden of the Breakthrough Initiatives.