NASA has officially named its first AI chief to remain on the “front line” of the technology.

NASA has officially named its first AI chief to remain on the “front line” of the technology.
NASA has officially named its first AI chief to remain on the “front line” of the technology.

NASA is staying up to date as they officially name their first head of artificial intelligence.

The independent agency, known for space research, announced this news via a press release on Monday (May 13).

The group is already using various AI tools and say this will benefit “humanity” as AI is used to support missions, analyze data to detect trends and patterns, and in research.

David Salvagini will lead the role and is well positioned to do so with over 20 years of technology leadership experience in the intelligence sector.

Prior to his appointment to this new position, he was NASA’s Chief Information Officer in June 2023.

While the investigative agency just appointed someone to oversee the use of AI, they have been using the technology for decades.

NASA and AI: “It is important that we stay at the forefront”

NASA Administrator Bell Nelson explained why the need to keep up with the ever-changing technological landscape is important to the team and their role in the research: “Artificial intelligence has been used safely at NASA for decades and, by expanding this technology, it can accelerate the pace of discovery.”

“It is important that we are at the forefront of progress and responsible use. In this new role, David will lead NASA’s efforts to guide the responsible use of AI in space and on Earth for the benefit of all humanity.”

Other uses of AI at NASA include its use to deconstruct scientific images of Earth to identify areas of interest, as well as searching for information on exoplanets from the James Webb Space Telescope.

The team is also using advanced technology to program the Mars rover’s Perseverance communications over the Deep Space Network.

On NASA’s official website, the use of AI tools is described as helping the team “automate time-consuming processes such as program and project reviews,” streamline decision-making, save resources, and “involve fully to its workforce.”

Featured Image: NASA Photo on Unboxing

 
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