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AI is entering nuclear reactors too

Soon, some North Carolina State University researchers will get busy developing control systems for nuclear power plants that lean heavily on  AI (Artificial Intelligence).

Thanks to a $3.4 million grant from the federal government (that is just one of the $23.9 million that ARPA-E, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Administration-Energy is putting into 10 projects for finding uses in a new generation of nuclear power plants), the research consortium will explore the potential applications for the technology at nuclear power plants.

AI’s use would be in going through the mountains of data that come from a reactor, spotting patterns and alerting the unit’s human operators. Lowering maintenance and control are other goals of the new drive.

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