Artificial intelligence helps discover three new figures of the Nasca Lines

The three possible new figures discovered with the support of artificial intelligence represent legs, a fish and a bird.

Scientists aided by artificial intelligence have managed to discover three possible new figures of the Nasca Lines in the country.

New research published in the Journal of Archaeological Science , with scholars from Yamagata University in Japan and IBM, details three legged figures, a fish and a bird with dimensions that can reach 78 meters.

The new Nazca figures

The researchers used 21 already known Nasca geoglyphs to train artificial intelligence, which has been looking for elements that are commonly found in each of these drawings .

In 2019, the AI ​​would have its first discovery with a strange-looking humanoid , but it would not be until now that it has its greatest number of discoveries: a pair of legs 78 meters high and a 19-meter fish and a 17-meter bird. meters.

Artificial intelligence works much faster than a human. Studying the Pampa de Nasca to try to identify these figures would take a human archaeologist around 68 consecutive days, while it takes a machine 78 hours.

The group led by Professor of Anthropology and Archeology Masato Sakai has been investigating this site since 2004.

deep learning

AI has a feature that enables this great understanding : deep learning.

“It is a method that builds and trains neural networks, which are inspired by the interconnection of nerve cells in the brain, to allow computers to learn the characteristics of large amounts of data and, subsequently, make predictions or decisions,” says the Yamagata University.

Thanks to “high performance in tasks such as image recognition, speech processing, and natural language processing,” the AI ​​is able to hit its target and positively discriminate key targets.