AI predicts map of ruins in case of nuclear crisis

Jul 04, 2018, 8:23 AM EDT
(Source: Bjoern Schwarz/flickr)
(Source: Bjoern Schwarz/flickr)

Japan, scarred by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear tragedy, has developed a new artificial intelligence system that predicts the places to be hit by the radiation in case of a nuclear meltdown, a knowledge that can be crucial in planning emergency responses and minimizing loss of lives.

The new AI system, a brainchild of researchers at the University of Tokyo Institute of Industrial Science, forecasts 33 hours in advance the likely distribution of radioactivity based on accident variables and the weather conditions with up to 95 percent accuracy, writes Science Alert.

With prior knowledge of the tracks of radioactive distribution, emergency teams can chalk out accurate evacuation plans and healthcare protection measures, notes Electronics 360.