Space – The Final AI Frontier?

NASA’s principal data scientist, Chris Mattman, provides a scintillating discussion of how AI enables semi-autonomous rovers on Mars today and how the future of space exploration will benefit from fully autonomous AI-driven robots.

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Chris Mattmann

Division Manager, Artificial Intelligence, Analytics and Innovative Development, JPL

Chris Mattmann is NASA’s Division Manager for the Artificial Intelligence, Analytics and Innovation Development Organization at Jet Propulsion Labs. He sits on the BOD of the Apache Software Foundation, and was one of the inventors of Hadoop and Apache Tika, which is a widely used framework for content analysis.

Instead of getting back 200 images per day to tell us what to do the next day on Mars, we can send back one million captions over that same thin pipe by running deep learning on board. We call that drive-by science.
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The greatest minds of our generation are trying to figure out who poked who on social media. What a waste. Let’s put those minds towards solving some of these important problems.

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