Artificial Intelligence Speeds Efforts To Develop Clean, Virtually Limitless Fusion Energy

Artificial intelligence (AI), a branch of computer science that is transforming scientific inquiry and industry, could now speed the development of safe, clean and virtually limitless fusion energy for generating electricity. A major step in this direction is under way at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and Princeton University, where a team of scientists working with a Harvard graduate student is for the first time applying deep learning—a powerful new version of the machine learning form of AI—to forecast sudden disruptions that can halt fusion reactions and damage the doughnut-shaped tokamaks that house the reactions. READ MORE ON: PHY.ORG

Depiction of fusion research on a doughnut-shaped tokamak enhanced by  artificial intelligence. Credit: Eliot Feibush/PPPL and Julian  Kates-Harbeck/Harvard University

Depiction of fusion research on a doughnut-shaped tokamak enhanced by artificial intelligence. Credit: Eliot Feibush/PPPL and Julian Kates-Harbeck/Harvard University