Google Internet balloon now uses artificial intelligence2016-09-27 03:17 by Daniela
Google has announced that its Project Loon balloon, aiming to bring Internet around the world, has started to use artificial intelligence to improve wind-prediction capabilities, allowing the balloons to stick to the desired flight path much longer.
This is a major change in the way that the balloons work. After the launch of Project loon, Google has been using static algorithms to make its internet balloons change altitude and stay in position for several years. Those hard coded algorithms were confined to adapt to unexpected weather patterns, which are pretty common in a place like the stratosphere.
The company has already launched a test balloon into the stratosphere over Peru, which stayed there for 98 days, adapting to difficult wind conditions that might have sent it floating away.
"In total, the balloon managed to spend 14 weeks in Peruvian airspace, which required making nearly 20,000 separate altitude adjustments during its flight," the Loon team says.
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