Artificial intelligence helped discover invisible geoglyph on the Nazca plateau

Over the past 10 years, Japanese researchers from Yamagato University have discovered 142 new geoglyphs as part of a large project to study artifacts of the Nazca plateau. They recently conducted an experiment with IBM Japan, commissioning a special AI to analyze the collected data. And he found another, 143rd new geoglyph, which people did not even know about.

The Japanese project has not yet brought closer the disclosure of the purpose of geoglyphs - giant mysterious figures inscribed on the rocky surface of the plateau. However, it was possible to finally establish the difference between the geoglyphs of two different types located here. The first are younger, created around 500 AD. and have enormous dimensions of hundreds of meters. The second date back to 100 BC, they are small and poorly visible due to the erased line of erosion. The new 143rd geoglyph is from this group.

Visually, he resembles a humanoid figure with a club. The geoglyph is only 5 m long, it is almost indistinguishable next to the bright lines of new drawings - and in fact is not visible to humans. But not for artificial intelligence - when IBM Japan programmers finally figured out how to train AI to look for characteristic signs, it immediately gave hundreds of options. All of them had to be checked manually and most of them were weeded out.

Since the experiment ended with success, the AI ​​will now be tasked with analyzing the entire amount of collected data. In addition, according to his instructions, additional aerial photography from copters will be carried out to clarify details. The result of the work should be an updated, most accurate map of the Nazca plateau, which can lead to further discoveries.