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Autonomous balloons take flight with artificial intelligence – Nature.com

A real-world application of reinforcement learning.

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Figure 1 | An unmanned balloon in the stratosphere. Project Loon is using balloons such as this to set up an aerial wireless network for telecommunications.Credit: Loon
The goal of an autonomous machine is to achieve an objective by making decisions while negotiating a dynamic environment. Given complete knowledge of a systems current state, artificial intelligence and machine learning can excel at this, and even outperform humans at certain tasks for example, when playing arcade and turn-based…

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