Amazon wants to mine big data from stars

Today, about 70% of new investment in classical astronomy, stargazing, goes to Chile. The local deserts and highlands are recognized as the best places on Earth for these purposes, dozens of telescopes have been built here and thousands of scientists are working, but there is no main thing - a data center of suitable capacity for processing astrodata. Amazon has begun negotiations with the Chilean authorities on the construction of such a super-facility.

What do the Chilean authorities want? Virtual cloud storage of colossal volume, where it will be possible to collect information about observing the stars for decades to come. And an interface that will allow scientists from all over the world to work with this data. And also, it is desirable that everything be implemented at the expense of outside investors - the country is not so rich, although it serves as a Mecca for all astronomers of the planet.

What can Amazon give? Design a new technology based on Amazon Web Services that is optimized for working with "big data" in the cloud, plus create a full range of necessary next-generation tools based on artificial intelligence. At its own expense, of course - the company is quite rich, and advertising of this scale will finally allow it to advance in the Latin American market with its commercial cloud services.

But, perhaps, the most important thing is the creation of a promising technology for processing data volumes that are outrageous by today's standards. Amazon will probably use its chance to develop systems based on them to find anomalies in all kinds of areas, from financial and medical, to weather forecasts and tracking endangered species of animals. And on such products, you can earn much more than the cost of a data center, plus the company will bring huge benefits to humanity. Negotiations with Chile are in full swing.