Retired US Air Force Colonel Gene Lee did battle with a Artificial Intelligence powered pilot — and he lost. Citing “the most aggressive, responsive, dynamic and credible AI I’ve seen to date,” Lee reports his battle with ALPHA AI, created by University of Cincinnati doctoral grad Nick Ernest, was a beat down. As the University magazine reports: “Not only was Lee not able to score a kill against ALPHA after repeated attempts, he was shot out of the air every time during protracted engagements in the simulator.” And that was last fall. ALPHA has improved since then.
“Until now, an AI opponent simply could not keep up with anything like the real pressure and pace of combat-like scenarios,” reports Lee. But that time is over. The AI system was developed by Psibernetix, founded by Ernest, in cooperation with the University of Cincinnati and the Air Force. They published an article about it in the Journal of Defense Management.