AI Outguns Expert Air Force Pilot in Flight Simulator


An intelligent machine outgunned a seasoned Air Force pilot in a flight simulator.

A graduate student at the University of Cincinnati developed the AI “pilot” and pitted it against Gene “Geno” Lee, a retired United States Air Force Colonel, who has been going up against AI opponents in flight simulators in the 1980’s.

Lee called the pilot “”the most aggressive, responsive, dynamic and credible AI I’ve seen to date,” according to a release from the University of Cincinnati.

The AI pilot is called ALPHA, and it is the work of Nick Ernest, who co-founded the company Psibernetix, to further develop and market the device.

This AI is superior to every other Lee has ever flown against, he said. Normally, “an experienced pilot can beat up on [the AI] if you know what you’re doing. Sure, you might have gotten shot down once in a while by an AI program when you, as a pilot, were trying something new, but, until now, an AI opponent simply could not keep up with anything like the real pressure and pace of combat-like scenarios.”

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SOURCE: CNBC, Robert Ferris