The same Machine Learning approaches that Google is bringing to many of its enterprise technologies and products recently helped scientists at NASA discover two new planets far outside the solar system.
Compared to the stars that they orbit, exoplanets are cold, small and dark, noted Google AI researcher Chris Shallue and Andrew Vanderburg, an astrophysicist at the University of Texas, Austin in a blog Dec. 14.
For the past several years, astrophysicists have been trying to find exoplanets by looking for these signals in data gathered by the Kepler space telescope on 200,000 stars over a four-year period.
The model was built using the TensorFlow open source software library that is at the heart of the machine learning functionality of many Google apps including Photos, Translate and Inbox.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai has often touted the technology as an important factor in company's vision to making its products and services smarter and more intuitive over the next several years.
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