Esper Says DoD Will Conduct Live Dogfights Between Human Pilot, AI Algorithms In 2024 Written 10 September 2020


USAF F-22 Raptors. Credit: U.S. Air Force TSgt Ben Bloker | Wikipedia; Public Domain

Air Force Times reports that Secretary of Defense Mark Esper “announced Wednesday that the Pentagon intends to conduct live trials pitting tactical aircraft controlled by artificial intelligence against human pilots in 2024.” A simulated dog fight between an AI algorithm developed by Heron Systems and a human pilot, both operating F-16s, took place on August 20, with the algorithm winning in all five rounds against the pilot. During DoD’s Artificial Intelligence Symposium, Esper said, “The AI agent’s resounding victory demonstrated the ability of advanced algorithms to outperform humans in virtual dogfights. ... These simulations will culminate in a real-world competition involving full-scale tactical aircraft in 2024.”
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