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US aims to stay ahead of China in using AI to fly fighter jets, navigate without GPS and more

WASHINGTON - Two Air Force fighter jets recently squared off in a dogfight in California. One was flown by a pilot. The other wasn't.

That second jet was piloted by artificial intelligence, with the Air Force's highest-ranking civilian riding along in the front seat. It was the ultimate display of how far the Air Force has come in developing a technology with its roots in the 1950s. But it's only a hint of the technology yet to come.

The United States is competing to stay ahead of China on AI and its use in weapon systems. The focus on AI has generated public concern that future wars will be fought by machines that select and strike targets without direct human intervention. Officials say this will never happen, at least not on the U.S. side. But there are questions about what a potential adversary would allow, and the military sees no alternative but to get U.S. capabilities fielded fast.

https://www.startribune.com/us-aims-to-stay-ahead-of-china-in-using-ai-to-fly-fighter-jets-navigate-without-gps-and-more/600365358/

 

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