It will be the ultimate Top Gun contest that even Tom Cruise’s Maverick might find challenging.
The Pentagon is planning a dogfight between a fighter jet with a real pilot and one controlled by artificial intelligence – after an AI system beat a human in a virtual showdown, according to reports.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper this week announced the 2024 contest during a speech on AI development for a matchup that officials believe could mark a turning point in aerial battle technology, the Washington Times reported.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has already conducted multiple combat simulations between human pilots and machines.
An AI-controlled F-16 Fighting Falcon easily gained the upper hand during the most recent round.
“The AI agent’s resounding victory demonstrated the ability of advanced algorithms to out-perform humans in virtual dogfights,” Esper said Wednesday.
“These simulations will culminate in a real-world competition involving full-scale tactical aircraft in 2024.”
But the defense secretary stressed that