How will AI help boost space technology?


Baidu CEO Robin Li chats with senior astrochemist Ouyang Ziyuan in his XiRang metaverse platform. / CGTN

Baidu CEO Robin Li chats with senior astrochemist Ouyang Ziyuan in his XiRang metaverse platform. / CGTN

Chinese tech giant Baidu hosted its flagship developer conference Baidu Create on Monday, which was also the first metaverse conference in China, through its XiRang metaverse platform.

Many national and international experts spoke about the latest artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and various applications. But what impressed me the most was the conversation between Robin Li, CEO of Baidu, and Ouyang Ziyuan, astrochemist, geochemist and the first chief scientist of the Chinese lunar exploration program.

Ouyang said China has completed three phases of lunar exploration programs – orbit, landing and the mission to return the rover and lunar soil to the moon. For the next step, Chinese scientists aim to build an international lunar research station, as well as to land astronauts on the moon.

Ouyang Ziyuan, astrochemist, geochemist and first chief scientist of the Chinese lunar exploration program, at Baidu Create, December 27, 2021. / CGTN

Ouyang Ziyuan, astrochemist, geochemist and first chief scientist of the Chinese lunar exploration program, at Baidu Create, December 27, 2021. / CGTN

How will AI help space exploration? Li asked the expert, echoing a question many are asking.

Li said that AI has two very important abilities, one is called perception and the other is called control. Both of these abilities have been widely used, such as the perceptual abilities.

“We can use the perception capabilities of AI to identify and analyze the situation on the moon, Mars and the massive image data surface returned from the moon and Mars, compared to manual screening. Efficiency can be improved thousands of times, “he said. noted.

“For example, the distance between Mars and Earth is great, and it takes several minutes or even more for light signals to travel from Earth to Mars. This means that robots that explore deep space on Mars must be fully rely on autonomous learning from outside the environment and autonomous decision-making. Therefore, AI technology can be used to make scientific research stations smarter, which can help construction from lunar bases, to unmanned scientific exploration, and resource development and utilization, he added.

Li is also eagerly awaiting Baidu’s unmanned vehicles to travel to the moon.

Ouyang said that AI will inevitably be used more and more in aerospace technology, making it more and more precise, simple and able to achieve its goals quickly.

“For example, if we are building a lunar science research station, the first question is that you have to have energy, so the current argument is that you want to use robots to get up there, using the technology. 3D printing with the moon’s soil, and turn it into solar panels, ”the expert said, adding that it was an inevitable combination.

Baidu has partnered with the China Lunar Exploration Center to further explore deep space using AI, big data and other technologies.

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