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NASA and Google to Announce AI Breakthrough

NASA and Google to Announce AI Breakthrough

At 1 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 14, NASA will host a teleconference to explain what the Kepler space telescope has recently discovered about the exoplanets that exist far from here and hold potential to reveal more about the growth of our world, and possibly if life has taken hold somewhere far from us.

'Are we alone? Maybe Kepler today has told us indirectly, although we need confirmation, that we are probably not alone, ' Kepler scientist Mario Perez said in a news conference.

The Friday release said the Kepler mission, NASA's most prolific exoplanet finder in history, hit a major breakthrough with the help of artificial intelligence (AI).

The Kepler telescope was launched in 2009 and has since found thousands of planets outside the solar system, Newsweek reports.

That is about as in-depth as NASA gets in regards to Google's machine learning and the new discovery itself in the news release.

The telescope is presently on its second mission called "K2", and this time, it is more dedicated to discovering exoplanets on a limited basis.

In 2014, the spacecraft began a new mission called K2, which continues the search for exoplanets while studying other cosmic phenomena. NASA says the telescope is able to accomplish this by detecting a drop in a star's brightness, which happens when a planet passes in front of it. The telescope has been instrumental in the discovery of 2,500 planets with approximately 2,000 more to be studied. Kepler-11, imagined here by an artist, is a sun-like star orbited by six planets.

As per details released by NASA for the event, the news will focus on a discovery made using artificial intelligence from Google. Attendees include Paul Hertz, the director of NASA's Astrophysics division in Washington D.C., and Christopher Shallue from Google. He will be joined by Kepler project scientist Jessie Dotson, who works in NASA's Ames Research Center located in Silicon Valley, California.