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From AI to interstellar escape: how does AI affect space exploration

in "three body · death forever", in order to monitor the three body man, human beings use nuclear power to launch Yun Tianming's brain into space, thinking that the three body man will be intercepted and then brought back to the three body planet. In this way, Yun Tianming's brain can monitor the movements of trisomy people

as a result, there was an accident in the rocket launch, and Yun Tianming's brain fell into space, floating around, floating around... Although it was still picked up by the trisomy, it had nothing to do with the monitoring of the earthlings at this time

it can be seen that sending a brain to communicate with aliens is not only something that scientists can think of, but also writers can

in fact, humans have long been involved in launch missions similar to brain travel, such as the music CDs carried on Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, the solar system painted on Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 detectors, and the images of men and women, all of which embody the beautiful vision of human beings to find physical civilization

but this is a passive search after all, expecting others to find themselves and then make an active return visit. Moreover, this simple image and sound do not have active operability, which greatly reduces its value in addition to transmitting information. So, in the age of artificial intelligence, can we launch something high-tech

it's true. For example, IBM launched an AI brain to the space station two days ago

what is the AI brain in heaven recently

there are many AI movies that perform tasks in space, such as "Space Odyssey 2001", "Forbidden Planet", etc., but in reality, even AI robots launched to the space station are almost unheard of. The launch of "Simon" by IBM is the first time

Simon is a technology provided by IBM and jointly developed by Airbus and the space Department of the Aerospace Center. It is a spherical robot, which weighs only 5 kilograms, plus an 8-inch display and artificial intelligence brain. I don't know why, when I heard it was a spherical robot, my first reaction was very cute. In fact, it was really cute...

so, what can this cute robot do

Simon is equipped with a camera and microphone, so that he can recognize the faces and voices of astronauts, and can nod his head when answering questions (it seems a little strange to imagine nodding in suspension on the space station...). At the same time, in order to be on call, it has 14 fans installed inside. Where there is a need, the fans start immediately, and it flies away

in actual work, Simon can also help receive the instructions of astronauts to complete the display of pictures, and words on the electronic screen, so as to guide astronauts to complete their homework

therefore, voice interaction with astronauts through image recognition and speech recognition is actually equivalent to adding an intelligent assistant to astronauts. One more "person" to ensure the operation of the space station will relatively reduce the pressure on astronauts

this brain is only a preliminary plan, which is mainly used for experiments. If it goes well in the future, researchers will also prepare it and install arms and legs. With an intelligent brain and flexible limbs, the work efficiency of the space station will be higher

compared with the great cause of exploring space and even distant galaxies, launching an intelligent brain into low earth orbit is only the beginning. In the future with mature technology, artificial intelligence will be widely used in the corners of space exploration. Here, let's open a few brain holes and guess what the space industry will be like with an artificial intelligence brain

guess 1: a pair of insight of space probe

artificial intelligence brain is the most practical application, which should be used in space probe

at present, there are two problems in space exploration. One is data. Whether it's the Mars probe, Voyager or pioneer series, when they go to a planet or space, they often take a lot of photos. Due to the lack of information during the initial detection, this image collection method will be very useful for data analysis and collation. But when the image collection work has entered a relatively mature stage, taking so many identical photos is a bit of a waste of resources. At present, NASA's database stores a large number of image data that are too late to see, many of which are of no substantive significance

the other is transmission. Even for Mars, which is close at hand, it takes about 20 minutes to transmit data to the earth wirelessly, not to mention the data transmission in the depths of the solar system and even the universe. In addition, the detector grabs the collected data without analysis. On the one hand, it will slow down the data transmission speed, on the other hand, it will also increase the burden of data processing on the ground staff

if these detectors are equipped with an AI brain, the situation is different

first, after a lot of learning, the detector will be able to actively screen out effective information before data collection, so as to avoid the waste of resources. On the other hand, the effective information filtered by it can be analyzed and processed at the detector terminal to draw a conclusion. In this way, the pain points of the current detector in data processing are perfectly solved

the data sent back by the probe is both streamlined and highly valuable. The workload of earth staff will be greatly reduced, and the entire space exploration work will become more efficient

on the other hand, with artificial intelligence detectors, humans do not have to go to outer planets to obtain reliable research data. After all, the alien environment is complex and unknown, and AI robots make this exploration process safer. Although human beings have landed on the moon, before the successful landing, everyone is ready to sacrifice at any time. 2. The ventilation performance of the high and low temperature experimental machine is good. Artificial intelligence is more suitable than human beings to deal with possible risks

in fact, NASA has already deployed AI in the space exploration program. At present, in the study of Mars, it has adopted intelligent analysis technology to achieve more efficient exploration. For example, curiosity Mars probe has an automatic aiming system, which can guide the camera and laser to aim at the objects that it believes are worth studying after analysis

with such a pair of eyes, the work of detectors will be much smoother

guess 2: analyze alien languages and break communication barriers

what is the purpose of human tireless exploration of outer space

intelligent life

with the space boundary that human beings can reach now, if we want to find extraterrestrial intelligent life, we may have no hope in this life. But there is still hope. However, have we ever thought about a question: one day we found extraterrestrial life, so, then

can you understand what it says

I believe many readers have seen the movie "coming". If not, I'll tell you again. "Coming" mainly tells the story of a human cracking the alien language. Yes, it's that simple. The alien character in the film is a big open circle, and the different details of its branches represent different meanings. In order to crack the alien's words, the heroine has done a long-term work, comparing word by word, and then confirming... In this process, the alien's mother planet is under threat from extraterrestrial forces

because of the slow learning of foreign languages, it may destroy a planet... In the future, Zhou Yufei, director of the materials department of China 1 automobile technology center, may become more troublesome if there is a problem in language communication when humans find aliens

at this time, the artificial intelligence brain shows its own advantages. Go to the space battleship of aliens by rocket, after communicating with aliens for a few words, quickly understand its meaning in the way of deep learning, and then master an alien language as quickly as possible. It's not like comparing the differences of characters one by one as in advent, and there may be errors...

moreover, it's safer to use artificial intelligence to communicate and learn in alien ships. If a word doesn't agree, it's a big deal to lose a robot, and human beings can take this to prepare

of course, aliens don't have to come to the city to take the initiative to learn language. In the future star trek, such a sharp tool for language learning is indeed a must

of course, the problem that may exist here is that the logic of alien language may be different from that of our earthlings. How to face this unknown possibility also requires scientists to make a lot of efforts in the sliding friction of the trapezoidal lead screw

guess 3: Star Trek and escape

do you remember the scene in which the solar system was two-dimensional at the last moment in the three bodies? So, if one day, mankind really triggered a blow to higher cosmic civilization, can we only sit and wait to die

it may be AI that can save our lives at the last moment

in 2016, Hawking co investor Yuri Milner launched the crazy sounding "breakthrough star shooting" program, trying to fly to the nearest star system at one fifth of the speed of light through the development of thousands of stamp sized nano spacecraft to carry out exploration missions. From this point of view, we can see whether the nearest Centaurus alpha constellation also has intelligent life

regardless of a series of technical problems such as power, chip, optical sail and material, an artificial intelligence system is definitely essential

simply put, where and how the nano Spacecraft flies. Because its goal is to find planets in the star system, how to find planets independently from the galaxy is a problem that must be solved. After all, decades have passed. It takes decades for the earth to reply "yes" after asking "is this a planet?"; If you ask the wrong question, it will be embarrassing

on the other hand, if we recognize that this is a planet, we need to solve the problems such as when to slow down, what kind of low earth orbit we should fly to, and how to choose the landing time. After falling to the ground, the detection and analysis of the planet's environment, such as atmosphere, liquid water, soil composition, vegetation coverage, etc., are important issues to judge whether the planet is suitable for human habitation

well, obviously nothing can do all this better than AI. In the future, whether human beings take the initiative to conduct interstellar travel or are forced to leave their homes for interstellar escape, AI will be able to quickly find the right direction and fly to the most suitable life garrison

of course, the above is just our guess. Some of them have been invested in the vigorous exploration of space, while others still need various conditions to be mature before further development. Anyway, human's childlike curiosity about the universe will not change and go deep into the universe

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