Air Force Sec will fly in autonomous F-16

Read: AI autopilot for the F-16 is definitely ready. It is highly likely that the agent in use is from Shield AI, though this hasn't been confirmed.

>WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force is betting a large part of its future air warfare on a fleet more than 1,000 autonomously operated [craft], and later this spring its top civilian leader plans to climb into an artificial intelligence-operated warplane and let it take him airborne. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall told senators on Tuesday at a hearing on the service’s 2025 budget that he will enter the wienerpit of one of the F-16s that the service has converted for [autonomous] flight to see for himself how the AI-controlled plane performs in the air.

Previously:
2024-04-01 USAF autonomy and mesh updates
https://desuarchive.org/k/thread/61307333

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Get ready for the future where human malice is covered with the drape of AI malfunctions.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >someone who has never served in the USAF (he was a US Army officer) getting taken for an AI joyride in an F-16 to "gauge if it works"
    so it's a pr stunt, got it. i mean good for him, frick, i'd kill to be able to do that shit.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Of course it is, even if you stuck an elite fighter pilot in there, the whole point is to see if it works by itself. They're gonna get infinitely better data from the ground and the black box than from someone sitting in the chair watching the instruments manually.
      At least it's a show of confidence, his ass is on the line if it decides to nosedive for mysterious AI daydream reasons. High ranking guys don't stick their necks out like that unless they're confident.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Yes, it's a PR stunt. The staging of the event is significant because it's a very loud signal about the tech maturity of an extremely tight-lipped program. The flight itself won't be interesting unless they crash or do gratuitous acrobatics.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >included in AI's training data were copies of Top Gun and several Ace Combat games (for some reason)
        >AI given PR mission params decides the best way to garner good PR are various low altitude maneuvers at 9 g
        >unsuspecting dude straps in, AI immediately performs a full burner takeoff followed by a vertical climb into a series of low maneuvering passes while modulating engine igniter and fuel input to play "Danger Zone" with its engine
        A man can dream...

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Proofs that it's not being remote controlled, though?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          nah. even if someone had proof that remote control was impossible you'd accuse him of having control in the wienerpit and secretly being a trained pilot. burgerlards show off stuff that works in public, the stuff that doesn't work just gets rolled into another program that does for more money and swept under the rug.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          how would you want that "proven"? build a country sized Faraday cage to fly around in?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Anon if they could reach any level of effectiveness with remote piloting they would. Pilots are expensive as frick.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Senator Bill "Ballast" Nelson got to take the Shuttle for a joy ride and now look at him, leading NASA

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >getting taken for an AI joyride in an F-16
      god i wish that were me

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >being the third best pilot in a two seat F-16

    A historic first

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You now remember the AI training airbase video featuring Pixy's F-15

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      link?

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >and later this spring its top civilian leader plans to climb into an artificial intelligence-operated warplane and let it take him airborne
    Digits for some hilarious footage of it slamming into the side of a mountain or something

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >CAPTCHA: TYG0D

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The cool thing about AI models is that they're basically immortal. You can train one and duplicate it onto as many machines as you like. So, instead of repeatedly training thousands of humans, you just have to train a single neural net once.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      The training doesn't even have to happen in real life, you can train thousands of copies of the same model in digital simulations simultaneously. They just have to exchange their weights at the end.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Also this week – Shield is buying Sentient Vision, an australia-based remote sensing company. Autonomous wide-area computer vision shit.

    https://sentientvision.com
    https://prnewswire.com/news-releases/shield-ai-to-acquire-australia-based-sentient-vision-systems-and-establish-shield-ai-australia-302107868.html

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