Raspberry Pi AI Beats US Air Force Fighter Pilot in Simulation
A former US Air Force officer was defeated in a fighter plane dogfight simulator against a Raspberry Pi AI.
ALPHA, the AI which the retired Colonel Gene Lee went up against was developed by a doctoral graduate from the University of Cincinnati. But Colonel Lee was not the only one defeated during the combat simulations. the Air Force Research Lab’s very own AIs also fell short of the ALPHA.
Retired Colonel Gene Lee has had years of experience in fighter planes and he has later went on to become and instructor as well. Not only is he a well-known fighter pilot but he has also trained thousands of younger generation air force pilots as well.
“I was surprised at how aware and reactive it was,” Lee said (via Science Alert). “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.”
The Raspberry Pi AI, ALPHA may be unbeatable but it is yet to stir up some ethical concerns if this AI is used in combat against human enemies. Much like the drone attacks which are human operated this Raspberry Pi AI can work on its own and has proven to be capable enough.
“ALPHA could continuously determine the optimal ways to perform tasks commanded by its manned wingman, as well as provide tactical and situational advice to the rest of its flight,” Kelly Cohen, UC aerospace professor, said.
Even if it is not left alone on its own the Raspberry Pi AI, ALPHA could prove to be of great value to the human fighter pilot if this AI is set to be the wingman. It could replace the human wingman entirely.
“ALPHA is already a deadly opponent to face in these simulated environments,” said Nick Ernest, founder of ALPHA developer Psibernetix. “The goal is to continue developing ALPHA, to push and extend its capabilities, and perform additional testing against other trained pilots.”