NASA recently claimed that the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning will be crucial in its effort to prove the existence of extraterrestrial life and unidentified anomalous phenomena.
The space agency recently released a 36-page UAP report that suggested NASA does not currently have enough high-quality data to make a "definitive, scientific conclusion" on the origins of UAP that have been reported.
Fox News reported that the use of artificial intelligence will apparently feature prominently in the space agency's effort to locate anomalies while simultaneously combing through large sets of data.
"We will use AI and machine learning to search the skies for anomalies … and will continue to search the heavens for habitable reality," Bill Nelson, NASA administrator, said during a briefing on September 14. "AI is just coming on the scene to be explored in all areas, so why should we limit any technological tool in analyzing, using data that we have?"
NASA's associate administrator Dr. Nicola Fox added that AI is "an amazing tool" that will be useful in locating "signatures that are sort of buried in data."
She added that AI is going to be what NASA and other scientists around the world are going to be using to find the proverbial diamond in the rough.
"So a lot of our data are just sort of wiggly line plots. We get excited about wiggly line plots, by the way, but sometimes, you see the wiggles, but you miss a signal," she said.
"By using artificial intelligence, we can often find signatures. So one example we've had is to be able to find signatures of superstorms using very old data that, you know, really is before sort of like routine scientific satellite data."
Though AI and machine learning are set to be a major part of NASA's research moving forward, they said that these tools are only going to be useful with data that has been held to the highest standards.
"The panel finds that artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are essential tools for identifying rare occurrences, potentially including UAP, within vast datasets. However, these powerful techniques will only work on well-characterized data gathered with respect to strong standards."
"At present, analysis of UAP data is hampered by poor sensor calibration, the lack of multiple measurements, the lack of sensor metadata, and the lack of baseline data," the report stated.
"Making a concerted effort to improve all aspects is vital, and NASA’s expertise should be comprehensively leveraged as part of a robust and systematic data acquisition strategy within the whole-of-government framework."
However, the use of AI has been a controversial topic that governments around the world will have to find a solution to. Some have praised the developments made with AI tech, such as ChatGPT, but there are also those within the tech world who claim that AI could usher in a dystopian future if limits are not put on it.
Fox News reported that over 100 members of Congress met with big tech gurus such as Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg earlier this month. A number of senators expressed alarm over the possibility of unregulated manifestations of AI.
Musk warned of potential " civilizational risk " if the government is not careful. He went on to suggest that there should be a government agency specifically tasked with overseeing the use of AI.
“The consequences of AI going wrong are severe so we have to be proactive rather than reactive,” Musk said.
“The question is really one of civilizational risk. It’s not like … one group of humans versus another. It’s like, hey, this is something that’s potentially risky for all humans everywhere,” he added.
However, NASA is prepared to move forward with AI tools.
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