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Artificial intelligence helps discover new geoglyph in Peru

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Artificial intelligence helps discover new geoglyph in Peru

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Artificial intelligence is helping scientists in Japan identify new geoglyphs in the Nasca Pampas located in Peru. The information was released by The Verge and IBM in recent days, revealing the discovery of new forms in the relief of the site, dating from 500 BC to 100 AD.

Geoglyphs are large figures on the ground, in hills or flat regions made by sediments such as rocks, gravel or earth. They are best viewed from above, creating images that are studied by archeology. In the most recent case, scientists at the University of Yamagata, Japan, published an article last Friday citing the discovery of a new geoglyph through algorithms and artificial intelligence. It is the 143rd ever revealed in the region, and you can check out a little more about it in the video below, posted on the IBM Research YouTube channel.

Through vast databases, artificial intelligence has been trained to identify available figures. In conversation with The Verge, the team cited that initially less than 100 images were identified, which needed to be improved over time within the algorithms. After proper adjustments, the machine began to find "hundreds" of candidates, each being carefully analyzed by the team.

The new geoglyph, which looks like a rabbit holding a club, appeared where researchers least expected it. "It's an area that we frequently investigated, but we didn't know it existed," commented Professor Makato Sakai. "It's a great achievement," he added.

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Once again, technology is greatly helping science's discoveries. In October, scientists at the University of California developed an artificial intelligence system that lets you identify a brain hemorrhage – check out more about this discovery here at TecMundo.

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