The End Nears: A.I. Defeats Expert Fighter Pilot In Dogfight Simulation

June 29, 2016


In news that shouldn't surprise anybody who never figured out how to do a barrel roll in Star Fox, a sophisticated artificial intelligence program was able to take down one of the most respected Air Force fighter pilots to ever Top the Gun and take the highway to the danger zone (he didn't actually Top Gun though because that's a Navy program and this is an Air Force guy). Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Gene "Geno" Lee, who has participated in thousands of missions in his decades-long career is calling the A.I. the best he's ever seen. I am calling it Skynet.

In a statement, Lee called it "the most aggressive, responsive, dynamic and credible A.I. I've seen to date."

"I was surprised at how aware and reactive it was. It seemed to be aware of my intentions and reacting instantly to my changes in flight and my missile deployment. It knew how to defeat the shot I was taking. It moved instantly between defensive and offensive actions as needed."

So, I guess this is how it all ends. What hope does humanity have when we develop artificial intelligence war machines that operate better than our own human war machines? I'll tell you what hope we have: me. "You're going to save us?" No, I'm going to push the big red button, but I will end our suffering.

Thanks to kitimatdude, who knows Skynet's great grandfather when he sees it and this is it.

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