DARPA’s ACE (Air Combat Evolution) program aims to find ways to teach machines to fly planes in dogfight scenarios, while also enabling human pilots to trust what the aircraft is doing. The ultimate goal is to have AI handle the minor fighting and let the human pilot focus on “the larger air battle.” ACE Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Javorsek says it could be possible for an AI to make split-second maneuvering during within-visual-range dogfights, while the pilot can be remotely flying a swarm of other unmanned aircraft operating in the area. Read more for another video and additional information.
“For that to happen though, a lot of teaching and learning needs to be done. While making the AI do the things needed to be done might in the end prove easy, not the same can be said about making pilots confident the self-fighting aircraft won’t get them killed on a mission. DARPA will detail the ACE program in Arlington, Virginia on May 17,” reports Auto Evolution.