Digital technology from the early 1990s onwards produced an exponential increase in astronomical data. Within our lifetime, the entirety of the visible universe will have been mapped out: we will have seen everything there is to see. The question will then be: what does it all mean?
Solving the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy (which together account for 95% of the universe) and finding life elsewhere in the universe won’t be possible without statistical and data analysis methods that have yet to be invented. No human eye will ever inspect all the 50 billion galaxies in the visible universe, nor the 7,500 billion potentially habitable planetary systems: we need machines to do it for us.
This lecture will explore how artificial intelligence (AI) will meet the challenges posed by big data to help answer fundamental questions of the cosmos.
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Roberto Trotta is Visiting Gresham Professor of Cosmology and Professor of Astrostatistics at Imperial College, London.
For more information about him, please visit his website: http://robertotrotta.com/
Roberto Trotta's lecture series are as follows:
2020/21 The Unexpected Universe
2019/20 The Nature of Reality
All lectures by the Visiting Professor of Cosmology can be accessed here.