AI Spots 7,000 Undiscovered Craters on the Moon

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 12:22

Researchers have developed a piece of computer software that was able to uncover almost 7,000 previously undiscovered craters in a matter of hours.

The finding was made by a team of researchers led by Ari Silburt at Penn State University and Mohamad Ali-Dib at the University of Toronto, Daily Mail reports.

They fed 90,000 images of the moon's surface into an artificial neural network (ANN). ANNs try to simulate the way the brain works in order to learn and can be trained to recognize patterns in information.

The team's ANN had been taught to categorise images and identify craters larger than five kilometres (three miles) in diameter.

When the machine was tested it located 6,883 new craters, doubling the total number of known craters of this size. Researcher believe that, with further training, the system could be used to accelerate crater counting even more.

Speaking to New Scientist, Dr Silburt said: 'Once our model has improved a bit more, we can use it to discover the hundreds of thousands of currently unidentified craters below five kilometers.’

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