7 Facts: Google’s Internet Balloon, Project Loon Uses AI for Better Direction Control

Google Loon Launch event 2013. Photo Credit, Flickr, iLighter Google’s Internet balloon, Project Loon, which has stayed aloft in Peru’s airspace for 98 days, has started to use artificial intelligence to improve wind-prediction capabilities, allowing the 4G-beaming balloons to steer towards specific directions. #1 AI and Machine Learning Used to Alter Balloon’s Behavior By using artificial intelligence and machine learning, the balloon can now stay in the air much longer with a test balloon staying in the air for 98 days quickly changing movements according to weather conditions. “Reinforced learning” happens when the balloon predicts what will happen and acts automatically to the situation. #2 Cheaper Balloons with Expanded Outreach AI could help keep costs low by keeping balloons in the air longer as well as expanding outreach. Fewer balloons…


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