- The Washington Times - Friday, July 1, 2016

A retired U.S. Air Force colonel was recently drubbed in a series of simulated dogfights against Artificial Intelligence that can run on a $35 device.

The University of Cincinnati brought in retired Col. Gene Lee to its facilities for a face-off against AI named ALPHA. The technology, which operates on a Raspberry Pi computer, killed the officer in every scenario.

“[It’s] the most aggressive, responsive, dynamic and credible AI I’ve seen to date,” Col. Lee told UC Magazine, Engadget reported Tuesday.

“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 missile deployment. It knew how to defeat the shot I was taking. It moved instantly between defensive and offensive actions as needed,” the pilot continued.

Col. Lee’s experience includes training thousands of Air Force pilots and testing AI since the 1980s.



Researches were so confident in ALPHA’s abilities that they sometimes put it at large disadvantage against its human opponents. Limited weapons, speed and turning capabilities still did not alter the outcome.

Data from the testing shows ALPHA calculates its moves “over 250 times faster than ALPHA’s human opponents could blink.”

Future versions of the technology will allow a squad of Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles to assist a single human pilot in battle, Engadget reported.

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