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Offline sanman

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Applications for AI in Astronomy
« on: 09/01/2017 07:53 PM »
Some researchers have found that AI neural networks can analyze gravitational lensing effects many orders of magnitude faster than human beings can:

https://www6.slac.stanford.edu/news/2017-08-30-artificial-intelligence-analyzes-gravitational-lenses-10-million-times-faster.aspx

What are the possible applications for Artificial Intelligence in the field of astronomy? Will the AI "eye in the sky" be our most valuable future window to the universe? Is gravitational lensing the only area where AI can provide such tremendous benefits? Is there some kind of statistical projection for gravitational lensing events that could predict how fast our picture of the universe will grow from maximum exploitation of gravitational lensing observations?

Offline jgoldader

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Re: Applications for AI in Astronomy
« Reply #1 on: 09/03/2017 11:50 AM »
I'd expect any of the the crowdsourced projects (e.g. SETI@home and such) could be done using AI.  Right now, the "I" part of those projects is easier to do by shipping data packets to PCs.
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Re: Applications for AI in Astronomy
« Reply #2 on: 09/04/2017 04:05 AM »
It looks like a simple image classification task with some regression added in the end, something deep neural nets excel at. Any pattern recognition tasks can be automated this way, assuming you have enough samples.

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