Feb 17, 2023

NASA is using AI to design alien-looking mission hardware

Posted by in categories: alien life, robotics/AI

We are only a month and a half into 2023 and it’s already proving to be a breakout year for artificial intelligence. Following the early success of AI art generators like Stable Diffusion and Midjourney, we are now seeing big tech get behind AI-powered chatbots.

NASA, meanwhile, has been using AI to help it design bespoke hardware for a while now.

Ryan McClelland, a research engineer with NASA, helped pioneer the agency’s use of one-off parts using commercially available AI. The resulting hardware, which McClelland has dubbed “evolved structures,” looks a bit alien even by his own admission. “But once you see them in function, it really makes sense,” he added.

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