AI System Trumps Human in Simulated Aerial Combat

In January, Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo beat a human champion at the 2,500-year-old complex Chinese game of Go.

Published28 Jun 2016, 05:40 PM IST
Tech News
2 min read

In the last few years, Artificial Intelligence has progressed at a rapid pace. Whether it is robots like Pepper which possess the capability to understand human emotions, or intelligent code such as Siri which can assist day tasks based on behavioural patterns, artificial intelligence is slowly but surely becoming fundamental to our lives today.

Alpha is another in a growing list of AI systems. It is an AI code developed by the University of Cincinnati which used virtual jets in tests to successfully outmanoeuvre a retired human fighter pilot with decades of experience, reports UC Magazine.

Trumped by AI in Flight Combat

If the results of the tests are anything to go by, fighter pilots will soon see themselves being replaced by AI technology that can outwit them in combat situations.

Retired United States Air Force Colonel Gene Lee who has been flying in simulators against AI opponents since the early 1980s, said of his first encounter against Alpha:

I was surprised at how aware and reactive it was. It seemed to be aware of my intentions and reacted instantly to my changes in flight and my missile deployment. It moved instantly between defensive and offensive actions as needed.
Gene Lee, Retired United States Air Force Colonel.

AI Trumps Humans at Chinese Game of Go

In January, Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo beat a human champion at the 2,500-year-old complex Chinese game of Go. This event was seen as a milestone for artificial intelligence.

Mark Zuckerberg, who had himself planned to build an AI system that could play Go, was beaten to it by Google’s Deepmind AlphaGo.

AI for Your Next Lawyer?


Another interesting implementation of AI in the real world is in the field of Law. What is fondly being called “Ross” is being hailed as the future of the legal system.

Ross is an artificially intelligent attorney, powered by IBM’s cognitive computer system, Watson.

This lawyer promises to help its employer go through copious amounts of legal research, according to it’s creators. Tons of research and paperwork that are usually assigned to those at the “lowest rung” at law firms, can now be taken care of by Ross.

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