In the struggle between man and machine, the robots are winning. This was proven when ALPHA, a new artificial intelligence flight combat system beat one of the Air Force’s top tactical experts.

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Let’s set the scene, ALPHA is an “artificial” intelligence program developed by Psibernetix, Inc. These servants of Big-robot are developers of artificial intelligence and development led by CEO Dr. Nick Ernest.

Dr. Ernest has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering focusing in artificial intelligence. Clearly the metal Man has a firm grip on him. His creation, ALPHA, was pitted against Retired USAF Colonel Gene “Geno” Lee.

Col. Lee is an experienced combat instructor and former Air Force Battle Manager. According to an article by Popular Science, he’s flown in and controlled thousands of missions.

He described ALPHA as “the most aggressive, responsive, dynamic and credible A.I. I’ve seen to date.”

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ALPHA was supposedly designed for “research” purposes in simulated air-combat missions and to serve as a “wingman” to a human pilot.

But what exactly is this machine learning? How long before it isn’t content to be wingman to a meatbag pilot?

Lee told UC Magazine that:

“I was surprised at how aware and reactive it was. It seemed to be aware of my intentions and reacting instantly to my changes in flight and my missile deployment. It knew how to defeat the shot I was taking. It moved instantly between defensive and offensive actions as needed.”

So to summarize, the robots are smart, they’re fast, and they don’t get tired. Imagine the sky filled with these robot drones, holding the human race in check.
The upshot is this, big robot is poised to take over the human race and we’re handing them the keys to the jet.

The Pentagon has been saying for years that it wants AI in fighter aircraft. And of course the Government would never do anything to put humanity at risk of being enslaved by robot overlords.

Right?

Open your eyes people. It seems pretty clear that the robot uprising has begun. I, for one, am readying my tin foil helmet. At least that way I’ll blend in with my robot overlords

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