Artificial intelligence running on off-the-shelf computer bests real humans in aerial combat test

An artificial intelligence (A.I.), developed by a University of Cincinnati doctoral graduate and dubbed ALPHA, beat real-life humans in a high-fidelity air combat simulator despite being powered by a tiny US$35 Raspberry Pi computer. The human in the scenario was retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Gene Lee — who has extensive air combat experience. “(This is) the most aggressive, responsive, dynamic and credible AI I’ve seen to date,” Lee said in a statement after the test. After early versions of ALPHA beat other computer programs in simulators, Lee first took on Alpha in October. “Not only was Lee not able to score a kill against ALPHA after repeated attempts, he was shot out of the air every time during protracted engagements in the simulator,” the University of Cincinnati said in…


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