Drones are now a surprising technology and the world of tools. Participating in this new era are various personnel to use drones for inspection, surveillance and maintenance. Drones were previously controlled by humans.
Nowadays recently artificial intelligence has stepped in. Better or known as unarmed air vehicles (UAVs), drones have become a shoulder in combat operations and border surveillance.
Artificial intelligence eliminates parts of the human-operated drone industry. The company is working to make drones work on AI and perform better than humans.
Researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are testing human skills in competition with AI-powered drones. The team built a drone with the relevant and complex algorithms needed for the drone to fly at higher speeds and manage obstacles at the same time. The drone is smoother, faster and can sense obstacles faster than humans.
Without human supervision, autonomous drones rely on built-in algorithms to function. Thus, the installation of cameras can equip them to work in enclosed spaces for security checks such as warehouses or consolidated areas.
Avitas Systems, a subsidiary of GE has used AI -powered drones for infrastructure and transportation inspections. High-resolution cameras not only examine but also collect data that is reused in data analysis.
Recently, new AI has been developed that claims to be able to defeat human pilots in a battle called ALPHA. In the first series of tests, it has beaten the earlier versions of AI used.
ALPHA was found to respond immediately and planned to address obstacles along the way. It beats the skills of a human pilot. Since the AI is built specifically for military combat, tests show that it can easily switch between attack and defense modes as needed. More regressive tests show better results. ALPHA can process sensor data and plan movements for four battles in less than commendable milliseconds.
The interesting fact is that it does not require a computer or a fancy supercomputer to function. It works well on regular personal computers. The decisions made by ALPHA are not based on numbers but based on ‘fuzzy logic’ which ultimately reduces the steps in decision making. It is created based on a genetic algorithm.
It was found in tests that the AI-powered drone taught itself to inspect 20 different environments through trial and error in just 40 hours. While it sounds amazing and devastating, it is at the same time scary and disastrous. Such behavior can lead to uncontrolled moves and a deteriorating environment.
AI is meant to be a tool to solve problems and help us. The potential benefits are many but the side effects of widespread AI implementation for drones can be disastrous.
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