Artificial intelligence takes to the skies with Project Loon

Google’s rather wacky sounding Project Loon continues to evolve, and has recently received a tune up to its navigation technology. The X Lab team behind the project has revealed that it is making use of artificial intelligence technology, or machine learning to be more specific, to help keep the balloons in the air for longer. Originally, Project Loon has been using basic pre-crafted algorithms to help change the altitude of the balloons and keep them in roughly the same position. While this worked fairly well under static conditions, the balloons couldn’t cope very well with unexpected weather conditions. These algorithms have since been replaced with artificial intelligence-like algorithms that are able to adapt to wind and other weather conditions that threaten to blown the balloons off course. Project Loon’s navigation system does…


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