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

June 29, 2016

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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.

  • StarChucker

    God damnit. Did NO SCIENTIST see Wargames? Jesus! Professor Falken, wake these assholes up!

  • Tom327Cat

    Can we try this again with a fighter pilot who is not a 50 year old man wearing a shirt and tie?

  • Cup-O-Jesus

    Never underestimate a 50 year old man in a shirt and tie son.

  • Bubbubsky

    "My CPU is a neural-net processor, a learning computer."

  • Well durr. Of course it beat a human, it has the robot equivalent to ESP. It just has code that looks at controller input and judges its next move and countermeasures based on what the human pilot does.
    The real test would be for it to pilot an actual plane in a real life scenario and make a killing lock-on to the human pilot.

  • Thinger

    This is the first thing that I had thought of too. How would the AI get the data it needs to react in real life. Sure you know the general location of an aircraft and/or a missile out there, but I'm sure it had exact xyz coordinates on the game field in this scenario.

    Still. I'm sure those obstacles can be overcome to some extent.

  • Jetch Vargas

    no video :( sad

  • PUNX

    yes but its in a simulator, I would think that all that is going into a general computer system and its working off that. what if they take out in the real world. would it anticipate all his moves.

  • Andrew Newton

    Easy as Raspberry Pi.

  • Doc Fresh

    Be safe out there and don't forger to do you good deed for the day

  • We went and trained them how to be better than us at murdering us. I'm sure it will never be remembered as a bad idea.

    Why are we so legitimately hell-bent on racing toward the robot apocalypse? Why aren't we just making sex bots? Or waffle bots? Or SEX AND WAFFLE BOTS. Jesus,it's a billion dollar idea AND we don't wipe the human race off the planet.

  • JJtoob

    Some of the brightest minds have already warned of the dangers of AI, but... https://youtu.be/vE8XJEeOpyA

  • Zed68

    I'm not sure a malfunctioning sex bot is less dangerous than a fighter pilot AI. Not even talking about a malfunctioning sex and waffle bot.
    What a massacre it would be.

  • Nico Horst

    Sex and Waffle Bot sounds really unsafe, just imagine if you stick it in the wrong hole...

  • Bling Nye

    Same problem with a human, really.

  • Draco Basileus

    Call it "Iron Griddle Maiden" and you've got yourself a deal.

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