back to article Neural networks whip fleshbag butt at identifying craters

A neural network can wipe the floor with fleshy researchers at that most tedious of cosmic tasks – spotting craters. Eyeballing craters is usually done manually, which tends to result in only the largest impacts being spotted, or via a crater detection algorithm (CDA), which works well on data it has been trained on but gets a …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I hope they checked their work, wouldn't want someone to pick holes in it.

    1. Korev Silver badge
      Coat

      Yep, some people are lunar-tics

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        If it passes scrutiny they will be over the moon.

        1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

          "If it passes scrutiny they will be over the moon."

          Don't have a cow, man!

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  3. Mark 85 Silver badge

    They could have used Swiss cheese as part of the training as there are some who still believe that's what the moon is made of.

  4. Primus Secundus Tertius

    One hopes...

    "Hopefully it got to name one after itself."

    The machine hoping? Or joking? One hopes not.

    One hopes that "hopefully" will one day be banned as German-American Pseudo English, along with other dumb examples.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    A bit confused?

    "...via a crater detection algorithm (CDA), which works well on data it has been trained on but gets a bit stroppy when shown something new."

    Getting "a bit stroppy when shown something new" is a limitation of neural networks - claiming that using a neural network will overcome this problem doesn't make sense.

    On the other hand, actually using a CNN for crater identification makes lots of sense - it's the sort of thing CNNs can be really good at, and certainly better than a simple procedure based algorithm.

    It's just the justification that seems a little confused.

  6. Sgt_Oddball Silver badge

    New tools for crater finding?

    Smashing......

  7. Paratrooping Parrot
    Coat

    A meteoric rise for crater spotting. :-)

  8. Tom 7 Silver badge

    Combined with facial recognition can it identify teeenagers

    Actually perhaps it would be better to combine it with GPS and road repairers.

  9. IceC0ld Silver badge

    New tools for crater finding?

    SO, they can locate craters on Mercury.................

    meanwhile, here on Earth, the roads are 'filled' with craters that the local councils are unable to find, let alone fill ..............................

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The difference between a doughnut and Depeche Mode is that one was seen in the hands of a West Hollywood policeman and the other is a doughnut.

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