Dark energy remains a mystery. Maybe AI can help crack the code

As humans struggle to understand dark energy, the mysterious force driving the universe’s accelerated expansion, scientists have started to wonder something rather futuristic. Can computers can do any better? Well, initial results from a team that used artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to infer the influence of dark energy with unmatched precision may suggest an answer: Yes.

The team, led by University College London scientist Niall Jeffrey, worked with the Dark Energy Survey collaboration to use measurements of visible matter and dark matter to create a supercomputer simulation of the universe. While dark energy helps push the universe outward in all directions, dark matter is a mysterious form of matter that remains invisible because it doesn’t interact with light. 

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