AI help's crack the code of fusion power?

With the click of a mouse and a loud bang, I blasted jets of super-hot, ionized gas called plasma

into one another at hundreds of miles per second.

I was sitting in the control room of a fusion energy startup called TAE Technologies

and I’d just fired its $150 million plasma collider.

Nuclear fusion is the reaction that’s behind the Sun’s energetic glow.

Here on Earth, the quixotic, expensive quest for controlled fusion reactions gets a lot of hype

and a lot of hate. (To be clear, this isn’t the same process that happens in a hydrogen bomb.

That’s an uncontrolled fusion reaction.) The dream is that fusion power would mean plenty of energy with no carbon emissions or risk of a nuclear meltdown.

But scientists have been pursuing fusion power for decades, and they are nowhere near adding it to the grid.