The United States Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) is conducting an on-going competition amongst different artificial intelligence (AI) - operated F16s in a bid to find out the best adept amongst them all.
The event is just part of the US military’s broader goal of being able to use AI and its algorithm to either aid pilots or eventually replace them altogether during missions.
According to Rob Verger of Popular Science, the event is a culmination of effort and tests done in past by DARPA and its team of specialists.
The AI first started by trying to learn the basic skills in flying the craft and with its self-learning feature, has improved its algorithm to be able to come up to this point wherein it will compete with a human to test its fight skills.
The winning AI-operated F-16 will then take on a human pilot-operated fighter jet later this week. Fear not, there will be no actual exercises with actual aircraft hovering over the sky getting on it. All of this will take place virtually and no human will be harmed during the whole event’s run.
Whatever the result may be, the research pushes the boundary of what military flight could look like in the future. Currently, several companies are already working on craft designs and models that would eventually be helpful for military missions in the future.