AI bests Air Force combat tactics experts in simulated dogfights

Retired United States Air Force Colonel Gene Lee, in a flight simulator, takes on the ALPHA AI. It doesn’t go well for him.Lisa Ventre, University of Cincinnati In the future, the US Air Force hopes to have armed drones flying in formation with human pilots, responding to their verbal and digital commands to fight the enemy and strike targets. That would require an artificial intelligence capable of interpreting commands and applying knowledge of combat tactics—something that is already being proven in a project funded by the Air Force Research Lab. ALPHA, an artificial intelligence trained by a retired Air Force expert in air combat, was originally developed as what amounts to ultimate video game AI—an autonomous simulated enemy for use in training fighter pilots. The AI is so good that…


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