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F-16 Pilot Took on AI in a Dogfight. Here's Who Won


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A U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet flying over desert.

An artificial intelligence program easily beat a U.S. Air Force officer in a simulated dogfight during the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's recent virtual "AlphaDogFight Trials."

Credit: U.S. Air Force

The U.S. Defense Department’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently hosted virtual "AlphaDogFight Trials," in which an artificial intelligence (AI) program easily beat a U.S. Air Force officer in a simulated dogfight.

The AI won all five rounds of the trials in under two minutes.

Each F-16 aircraft was armed with a laser simulating the use of machine guns, and the human pilot wore a virtual reality headset that made it appear as though he were in the cockpit of a real plane.

DARPA's Col. Daniel Javorsek said the results come with "plenty of caveats and disclaimers" and do not mean the program could have won in actual combat.

The winning program from defense contractor Heron Systems, which was able to aim its guns more accurately than the human pilot, beat out programs developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology and Lockheed Martin, among others.

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