Zachary has a great write up on the @darpa AI Fighter challenge. I’ve logged time in F-16s training new pilots to be deployed. Some thoughts on how the AI won, and what it is like to be a human inside a machine designed to perform past human tolerances...
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G-forces The human body needs blood circulating to the brain. Compression suits improve human resistance to Gravitational Loss of Consciousness (G-LOC). AGSM maneuvers improve this significantly. piped.kavin.rocks/o9YtD1jw_Qw F-16s can perform well above human limits. Win: AI

11:30 AM · Aug 22, 2020

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Situational awareness and accuracy. Even if you can withstand Gs for a bit, consider your reduced situational awareness. You are trying to simultaneously focus on not blacking out (and surely dying) while flying at high speeds and engaged in combat. Win: AI
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(Almost) Kamikaze runs. A human has to preserve themselves and the aircraft. Computer would perform maneuvers with no regard for self survival. Fair. What I think was a failure in the rules was the apparent lack of regard for equipment; flying through debris clouds. Win: redo
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Accuracy. People don’t realize you “never” see the opposing fighter with your own eyes. You use instrumentation to locate, track, and target. If you blind the computer the advantage goes to the human. (Stealth, Electronic warfare). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing… Win: AI (for now)
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This was a great program (kudos @darpa)! Takeaways: AIs learn to “game” rules (I love this) but they are often greedy algorithms. Just like non-AI. You can re-game their winning strategies to make them lose the larger game. I see several ways to “clobber” this AI. Do you?
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Addendum Regarding preservation of equipment. F-16s cost 25-35 million. F-35’s cost *much* more. There are a finite number that are combat ready at any given time. FWIW Tactical depletion has significant strategic impact. (Source: Popular Mechanics)
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Replying to @dotMudge
Dead on
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