Google internet balloon uses AI to stay in place for weeks

Reuters/Stephen Lam When Google first introduced Project Loon, its internet balloons used static algorithms to change altitude and stay in position. While clever, they were limited — Google couldn’t do much to adapt to unexpected weather patterns, which are quite common tens of thousands of feet in the air. Flash forward to today, however, and it’s a different story. The Project Loon team has revealed that it’s using artificial intelligence technology (specifically, machine learning) to alter balloons’ behavior and keep them in position for much longer. One test balloon stayed in the Peruvian stratosphere for 98 days, adapting to tricky wind conditions that might have sent it drifting away. As Wired notes, the algorithms now comb over large amounts of data and learn from it. In one case, the balloon…


Link to Full Article: Google internet balloon uses AI to stay in place for weeks