A satellite that thinks for itself

The satellite named EO-1 is a new kind of Earth orbit satellite that can in fact, think for itself. “We programmed it to notice things that change (like the plume of a volcano) and take appropriate action,” Chien explains. EO-1 can re-organize its own priorities to study volcanic eruptions, flash-floods, forest fires, disintegrating sea-ice—in short, anything unexpected. And it shares data with other satellites so it can react to their observations too. This is fascinating. Artificial intelligence just keeps getting better!

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