Engineers of NASA have been testing out their new drone, and it is controlled by artificial intelligence, and it is going up against a drone that is going to have a man as a pilot. This is a project that has been part of research taking two years into automatic drones that have been funded by Google.
THE ULTIMATE TESTS AS HUMAN FLOW DRONE TAKES ON AI FLOWN DRONE
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineers from Pasadena in California have been putting work to what is described as the ultimate in tests by racing their AI creation up against one that is controlled by Ken Look, a drone pilot that is world class. The NASA team made three custom drones which they names Batman, Joker, and Nightwing, with what they called algorithms that were complex. This helps the drones to be able to fly at speeds that are high and at the same time get around obstacles in their way.
The drones are said to be able to reach speeds of up to 80mph when flying in a straight line and when on the obstacle course they may be able to reach speeds of up to as much as 40mph before they then have to put on the brakes. The drones went around laps that consisted of a twisting obstacle course that had been set up in a warehouse to find out who was the most superior in a modern day man vs machine test.
AI DRONE HAD CAMERAS TO TRACK POSITION, LOO USED HIS GIFT OF HAND TO EYE COORDINATION
The artificial intelligence drone had cameras that were able to track position against a map that was pre-loaded, and Loo made use of the gift that he has hones to try to defy the human limits when it came to speed along with hand and eye coordination. The artificial intelligence drone managed an average of 13.9 seconds for laps and Look managed to take his drone around the track with an average speed of about 11.1 seconds per lap. This dispelled illusions about forthcoming robotic overlords.
At the same time, it is worth remembering that the artificial intelligence drone managed to complete the course with a lot more accuracy than the one driven by Look, but we should not let them small fact take away from his triumph. Now the engineers are hoping that technology might allow drones to be able to help with inventory checks made in warehouses or to assist in search and rescue operations at sites that have been hit by a disaster. NASA said that perhaps one day they could even be used to help robots in the future navigate along the space station corridors.