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New Research to Let Unmanned Spacecraft Think for Themselves Using AI

As NASA and other space organizations are currently planning on carrying out mission to reach outer space, we are likely to face a number of challenges along the way. For instance, as Earth becomes more distant, unmanned spacecraft will see delayed response from earth. As a result of this, the time lag would make it difficult for the unmanned spacecraft to respond to fast moving threats in the outer space. However, NASA is planning on changing this scenario as the space organization recently issued a grant to University of Akron in Ohio to carry out a research which will allow spacecraft to avoid collisions by using AI which will work over an Ethereum blockchain network.

In a recently released press release, Assistant Professor Jin Wei Kocsis said, “I hope to develop technology that can recognize environmental threats and avoid them, as well as complete a number of tasks automatically. I am honored that NASA recognized my work, and I am excited to continue challenging technology’s ability to think and do on its own.”

Thanks to the latest grants, Kocsis and his team will research on decentralized computing networks which are capable of processing massive amount of high-dimensional data using blockchain. Additionally, the team will develop an AI which will use deep learning techniques to guide spacecraft.

If successful, the research might be crucial for future space missions. Few weeks earlier, NASA announced its plan to reach Alpha Centauri as soon as 2069. If unmanned spacecraft can have the ability to collect and organize data, it will ensure collection of data from outer space without long delays.

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