This AI Can Beat a Top Fighter Pilot

Retired Air Force Colonel Gene Lee flies against ALPHA in a simulator. (Credit: Lisa Ventre/UC Magazine) Move over Maverick, there’s a new Top Gun in town. A new program developed by researchers at the University of Cincinnati could give real-life fighter pilots a run for their money. Called ALPHA, the artificial intelligence has proven itself by repeatedly besting an experienced fighter pilot in a dogfight simulator without once being shot down. And, instead of a requiring a room-sized supercomputer, the program ran on a laptop. Ice Cold, No Mistakes The system is based on a type of programming called “Genetic Fuzzy Tree” logic. The AI takes a more human approach to decision-making, breaking down big decisions involving hundreds of factors into smaller pieces that can be analyzed separately. This greatly reduces the…


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