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AI spots mysterious 'square structure' on the dwarf planet Ceres

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Scientists may need to think twice when using artificial intelligence to help in the search for extraterrestrial life, a new study suggests. A Spanish team used an AI system that interpreted the shape of a triangle outside a square from a NASA image of a crater on the dwarf planet Ceres. Researchers then brought together 163 volunteers with no training in astronomy to describe what the saw on the image of the crater. While the AI detected a both a square and a triangle, the majority of humans only interpreted a square. But once the triangle was pointed out to the humans, the amount of people who said they could see it rose from 7 per cent to 56 per cent.

Does artificial intelligence dream of non-terrestrial techno-signatures?


Study reveals possible problems with current SETI approach. Role of artificial intelligence in current and future SETI is discussed. Computer vision model was tested vs humans in reconnaissance planetary imaging test. Today, we live in the midst of a surge in the use of artificial intelligence in many scientific and technological applications, including the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). However, human perception and decision-making is still the last part of the chain in any data analysis or interpretation of results or outcomes.

NASA finds dwarf planet Ceres once had global ocean

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Ceres may have once had a global ocean - and part of it could still remain, NASA has revealed. The dwarf planet, best known for its strange'alien spots', is seen as being a record of the early solar system. Now, the Dawn mission has found minerals containing water are widespread on its surface. Ceres is 590 miles (950 km) across and was discovered in 1801. It is the closest dwarf planet to the sun and is located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, making it the only dwarf planet in the inner solar system.

NASA's Dawn Mission Is Over, Except Maybe Not


After years of quiet development, a ship gets a brief moment in the spotlight as it's launched into the sky at 7 miles per second. Then, years pass in the blackness of space. A lucky few will get the chance to orbit an unknown world. One of them is called Dawn, and this week, its deep space assignment comes to an end. Launched in September, 2007, Dawn's list of firsts would turn a YouTube commenter green.