Chinese fighter jets piloted by artificial intelligence are becoming better than humans and routinely defeat pilots in dogfights, the country’s military has claimed.
Fang Guoyu, a pilot and aerial combat champion, was recently ‘shot down’ by one of the craft during a simulated dogfight, according to state-run media.
‘This is not the first time the renowned Fang was shot down by the AI, and Fang is not the only ace the AI has defeated,’ the military-run PLA Daily reported.
China is in the midst of an overhaul of its military that has seen the country upgrade its tanks, missile systems, troop equipment and fighter jets in recent years.
Among the new systems being developed for the country’s new J-20 stealth jets is advanced AI, according to the military.
At the moment, the AI is only being used in training missions – a process which commanders say trains the computers to defeat real-life combatants and forces the pilots to come up with new tactics to beat the machines.
‘At first, it was not difficult to win against the AI. But by studying data, each engagement became a chance for it to improve,’ Fang said.
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