Watch AI-controlled virtual fighters take on an Air Force pilot on August 18th

Aug. 11, 2020
DARPA's final AlphaDogfight Trial will take place online due to COVID-19, Mariella Moon reports for Engadget.

WASHINGTON - Due to the coronavirus pandemic, DARPA will no longer hold an in-person event for its third and final AlphaDogfight Trial that’s scheduled to take place from August 18th to the 20th. It’ll be held virtually instead, and both participants and viewers alike can watch online as artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms control simulated F-16 fighter planes in aerial combat. By the end of the three-day event, viewers will even get to witness a matchup between the top AI and an experienced Air Force fighter pilot who’ll also be controlling a virtual F-16, Mariella Moon reports for EngadgetContinue reading original article.

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

August 11, 2020 -“We weren’t able to host the finals at AFWERX in Las Vegas as we’d originally planned with fighter pilots from the Air Force Weapons School at nearby Nellis Air Force Base,” said Col. Dan “Animal” Javorsek, program manager in DARPA’s Strategic Technology Office. “We are still excited to see how the AI algorithms perform against each other as well as a Weapons School-trained human and hope that fighter pilots from across the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, as well as military leaders and members of the AI tech community will register and watch online. It’s been amazing to see how far the teams have advanced AI for autonomous dogfighting in less than a year.”

Registration to watch the AlphaDogfight Trials is now open at The registration site includes details on the daily schedule, team information, sample ADT TV channel content, videos, and more. Registration closes August 17.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
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