An article in the business section of my newspaper yesterday, written by Jerimiah Oetting and published by the Bay Area News Group is titled "Machines drive better battery designs"' It describes a group of Stanford University researchers who have developed an artificial intelligence program that can quickly evaluate new battery designs. They claim that their program can work out a method for rapidly charging a battery while minimizing the impacts on the battery's lifespan in a fraction of the time it currently takes to do the same process.

The researchers plan to use the AI system to research an "approach to a specific problem: charging an electric car battery to 80% of its capacity in only 10 minutes, while minimizing stress on the battery that would shorten its life." It can accurately predict how long the batteries would last after only 100 charging cycles. "That shortened the process of testing a battery with each charging method from 40 days to four."