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NASA Has Switched Off A Groundbreaking Satellite After 17 Years

"EO-1 out-performed everyone’s expectations and pushed the boundaries of satellite technology. Among its contributions, it was able to help our understanding of the Earth, observe the extreme disasters of the last 17 years, further AI tech for satellites, and pioneer satellite formation flying" + Forbes



How NASA's Search for ET Relies on Advanced AI

"Jet Propulsion Laboratory's artificial intelligence chief describes the 'ultimate' test for AI in space exploration." + Scientific American


While earthlings take a break, the Mars rover keeps working

"While many of us will spend the final days of 2017 taking a break from work, the ChemCam instrument aboard NASA's Mars Curiosity rover will keep busy." + LANL Press Release


Steve Chien, NASA: On how automation helps monitor natural hazards and the future of AI

"Today, there are now global networks of sensors on volcanoes, linked with satellites, producing relevant alerts to help organisations make the right decisions. The data generated by this, through seismic sensors, remote imaging, atmospheric modelling and more, goes into the terabits each day. As more processes become automated, through artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, more can get done." + IoT News


Extraterrestrial Hunters

"Meet the Robots Helping in the Quest to Find Extraterrestrial Life Today, robots roam the deep seas and the slopes of volcanoes. Their next mission: the search for life beyond earth" + Wall Street Journal


Exactly How A.I. Could Be the First to Find Extraterrestrial Life

"A critical aspect of NASA’s mission to explore our solar system and beyond is artificial intelligence, especially in uncrewed probes that venture into deep space beyond our solar system. So it stands to reason that if there is extraterrestrial life sitting out there in the solar system, an artificially intelligent system will find aliens before humans do." + Inverse


Artificial intelligence helps explore Mars ... and go further

The AEGIS system allows the robot 'Curiosity' to study the composition of the red planet in less time and in an almost autonomous way. + El Pais


NASA? More like NASAI: Brainy robots 'crucial' to space exploration

"Autonomous space robots are going to be key to making new discoveries and exploring the furthest reaches of our Solar System and beyond, according to NASA scientists." + The Register


A.I. Will Prepare Robots for the Unknown

"How do you get a robot to recognize a surprise? That's a question artificial intelligence researchers are mulling, especially as A.I. begins to change space research..." + JPL Press Release


Laser-targeting A.I. Yields More Mars Science

"Artificial intelligence is changing how we study Mars. A.I. software on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has helped it zap dozens of laser targets on the Red Planet this past year," + JPL Press Release


Space Robots Will Work for Decades in Alpha Centauri Before Humans

"Forget about Mars for a second. If humanity is to ever reach Alpha Centauri — the nearest star system that claims the potentially habitable planet Proxima Centauri b — we’ll likely rely on artificial intelligence-powered spacecraft to put in years and probably decades, of the prep work before we arrive at the destination 4.37 light-years away." + Inverse


Curiosity Doesn't Need Your Help Blasting Rocks with a LASER

"As cars here on Earth begin to drive themselves and robots autonomously roam sidewalks delivering food and nearly running over dogs, over on Mars, the Curiosity rover very much remains a remotely piloted vehicle." + Wired


The Curiosity rover and other spacecraft are learning to think for themselves

"Autonomous science-bots will make it easier to explore our solar system … and beyond." + Popular Science


When We Go to Mars, Will We Have a Real-Life HAL 9000 With Us?

"How generations of NASA scientists were inspired by an evil Hollywood supercomputer..." + Smithsonian Magazine


NASA's scientists formed a club to dream up uses for AI like self-replicating robots and harpooning comets

"To conjure up ideas outside of the space agency's regular mission cycle, top minds from JPL's artificial intelligence research teams have formed an informal group to talk about the big questions, like how autonomous robots could help space exploration around distant stars and methods for leveraging huge celestial bodies to carry our AI around the solar system." + Quartz


The Journey of NASA's Smartest Satellite Finally Comes To an End

Retrospective of 16 years of operations of the EO1 spacecraft, including more than a decade under control of the AI group's Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment software that managed day to day operations and on-board science analysis. +Wired Article


How A.I. Captures a Volano's Changing Lava Lake

AI group Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment software onboard EO-1 captures images of the lava lake in Ethiopia's Erta Ale volcano and rounds out 12 years of autonomous operations for the spacecraft. +JPL Press Release


NASA develops AI for future exploration of extraterrestrial subsurface oceans

"NASA is developing technology that could enable autonomous navigation of future underwater drones studying subsurface oceans on icy moons like Jupiter's Europa. The agency is working on artificial intelligence (AI) that would allow submersibles to make their own decisions during exploration of extraterrestrial water worlds." + Article



US lead on AI will shrink without more funding and education

Experts tell Ted Cruz's Senate hearing that China, India and others aren't far behind. +Endgadget Article


Senate Testimony: The Dawn of Artificial Intelligence

Testimony by Dr. Steve Chien of the JPL AIG and other industry experts to the US Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness regarding applications and future of artificial intelligence.


From Monterey Bay to Europa

JPL press release describing deployment of artificially intelligent submersible science robots to Montery Bay. The technology demonstrates a step toward autonomous exploration of ocean worlds such as Europa. +JPL Press Release


NASA Mars Rover Can Choose Laser Targets on Its Own

Press release describing deployment of AEGIS software to the MSL rover, allowing it to condust autonomous follow-up science data gathering on Mars. +JPL Press Release



Los cerebros de la Inteligencia Artificial



Thinking Inside the Box, Launching into Space

+JPL Press Release


AEGIS wins NASA Software of the Year Award

+JPL Press Release


NASA Sensors Providing Rapid Estimates of Iceland Volcano Emissions

+NASA Press Release


NASA Goes Inside a Volcano, Monitors Activity

+JPL Press Release


Intelligent Beings in Space!

+ New York Times



JPL Team Honored With NASA's Software of the Year Award

Software developed by a team of engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, has been selected to receive NASA's Software of the Year Award. The ASE software helps scientists monitor environmental events on Earth, such as volanic eruptions, floods and wildfires. + JPL Press Release



Software Learns to Recognize Spring Thaw

Spring thaw in the Northern Hemisphere was monitored by a new set of eyes this year -- an Earth-orbiting NASA spacecraft carrying a new version of software trained to recognize and distinguish snow, ice, and water from space. + JPL Press Release


Agents of Change

"Autonomous agents are still in the labs but could eventually play a critical role in areas ranging from setting market prices to creating more resilient networks." Industry press coverage of the rise of autonomous agents, with specific focus on the AI group's Autonomous Sciencecraft agent operating on-board NASA's EO1 spacecraft. + Computerworld Article



New Software on NASA Spacecraft Monitors Active Volcano

Software on a NASA spacecraft recently made a scientific observation on its own without human interaction. The ST6 Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment captured images of Antarctica's Mt. Erebus and detected volcanic activity. + JPL Press Release



NASA Satellites Eye Forest Fires

If a forest catches fire and no one is around to see it, can it call for help? The forest cannot call, but thanks to new technology developed by NASA, firefighters may get the word faster through new, high-tech eyes in the sky. + JPL Press Release



Artificial Intelligence Software to Command Mission

NASA software that thinks for itself and makes decisions without help from ground controllers will fly as the brains of triplet satellites in 2002. + JPL Press Release

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