Monday, August 31, 2020

Should We Be Worried That In An F-16 Fighter Simulation A Military AI Defeated A Human Fighter Pilot?

The Loyal Wingman drone, pictured above, is controlled by a human fighter pilot who instructs the drone's AI to perform specific tasks. Boeing

NBC: Military AI vanquishes human fighter pilot in F-16 simulation. How scared should we be?

Artificial intelligence can master difficult combat skills at warp speed, but the Pentagon’s futurists must remain mindful of its limitations and risks.

From the outside, the simulated aerial dogfight the Pentagon held two weeks ago looked like a standard demonstration of close-up air-to-air combat as two F-16 fighter jets barreled through the sky, twisting and diving as they sought an advantage over the other. Time and time again the jets would “merge,” with one or both pilots having just split seconds to pull off an accurate shot. After one of the jets found itself riddled with cannon shells five times in these confrontations, the simulation ended.

From the inside, things seemed very, very different.

“The standard things we’re trained to do as a fighter pilot aren’t working,” lamented the losing pilot, an Air Force fighter pilot instructor with the call sign Banger.

That’s because this wasn’t a typical simulation at all. Instead, the U.S. military’s emerging-technologies research arm, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, had staged a matchup between man and machine — and the machine won 5-0.

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Anonymous said...

No, not concerned. This article is nothing but alarmist tripe. The test itself was heavily leveraged against the pilot.

Jac said...

Well, it doesn't matter if the test is fair or not, it is hugely important we are doing more and more improvement on that. A defeat is just...stimulating.