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Deep learning AI helping experts monitor rogue nuclear activity

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor December 30, 2018 13:24

Deep learning AI helping experts monitor rogue nuclear activity

81-feet below the ground, in an ultra-clean environment in eastern Washington state, some of the planet’s most sensitive measuring equipment is reporting signals back to a recently-trained deep neural network on the lookout for possible nuclear activity. Research scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have enabled machines using deep learning to enhance monitoring of nuclear explosions and tests from thousands of miles away. After inserting a new copper module, project lead Emily Mace told that the lab’s array of instruments measure radioactive decay.

The instruments are so sensitive that they can detect isotopes from man-made events some might want to keep secret. Argon-37 levels is one indicator scientists at PNNL are keen to monitor.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor December 30, 2018 13:24

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