Tencent To Explore The Universe With AI Technologies

Tencents AI technology to find pulsars FASTER

Technology giant Tencent and the National Astronomical Observatories under China’s Academy of Sciences (CAS) will jointly launch a “stellar exploration plan” to utilise artificial intelligence (AI) to assist China’s 500-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) in the search for pulsars and the exploration of the universe.

The joint plan will be based on the leading computer vision technology of Tencent’s lab and the leading computing capacity of Tencent Cloud.

Detecting pulsars has great practical value, aside from being a major help in better understanding the universe. These neutron stars, with their extremely stable spinning nature, could serve as natural lighthouses for human deep space exploration.

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China’s FAST had detected 201 pulsars, including some of the faintest, as well as 40-millisecond pulsars and 16 binary pulsars.

Leveraging AI, Tencent Cloud can help process the huge data received from FAST and find clues to pulsars through visual AI analysis.

According to Tencent, such AI technology is expected to play a key “prescreening” role to streamline scientists’ analysis of the vast load of data captured by the Sky Eye every day.

Computer vision is a field of AI that trains computers to interpret and understand information from digital images, videos and other visual inputs.