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- NASA revealed its AI system can predict solar storms 30 minutes in advance
- But this may not be enough time to prepare for a devastating blackout
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Killer solar storms could knock out the internet and power for hours – and you would only have 30 minutes to prepare, according to a NASA study.
The American space agency developed a new artificial intelligent-powered system to predict when destructive events will strike Earth.
While the system is the most advanced warning, 30 minutes may not be enough time for the world to prepare for complete darkness.
However, people can now take steps to prepare for an extreme solar event – such as creating a survival kit and having printed copies of digital documents.
NASA announced the development of its computer model called DAGGER (formally, Deep Learning Geomagnetic Perturbation) in March, but the research is now gaining public traction.
An international team of researchers at the Frontier Development Lab – a public-private partnership that includes NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the US Department of Energy – have been using AI to look for connections between the solar wind and geomagnetic disruptions or perturbations that cause havoc on our technology.
The researchers applied an AI method called ‘deep learning,’ which trains computers to recognize patterns based on previous examples.
And the team used the technology to identify relationships between solar wind measurements from heliophysics missions.
These missions are probes in space carefully placed throughout space to create a vast array of sensors, which work together to study the sun.
The team tested DAGGER against two geomagnetic storms in August 2011 and March 2015.
The system could quickly and accurately forecast the storm’s impacts worldwide in each case.
Lead author Vishal Upendran of the Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics in India, said in a statement: ‘With this AI, it is now possible to make rapid and accurate global predictions and inform decisions in the event of a solar storm, thereby minimizing – or even preventing – devastation to modern society.’