India Warily Eyes AI

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Drone racing is quite a big deal in the world of tech geeks, even though you may not have even heard of it before today. Not only do pilots face many of the same hurdles that other speedsters do, they also have to fly a course remotely, using a combination of their eyes and perhaps a drone-mounted camera.

Recently, NASA decided to test one of the best drone pilots in the business, Ken Loo, against their own champion. Loo’s competitor? An AI pilot.

NASA/JPL

NASA/JPL

NASA carried out the test on Oct 12, announcing the results just this week. And they found that though Loo was faster, his robot competitor was more consistent. Loo averaged 11.1 seconds on each lap of the race circuit, while the autonomous drone clocked in at 13.9. And this was no easy course either. “This is definitely the densest track I've ever flown,” Loo said in a statement released by NASA. “One of my faults as a pilot is I get tired easily. When I get mentally fatigued, I start to get lost, even if I’ve flown the course 10 times.”

On the flip side, the autonomous drone may have been behind the human pilot by about two seconds, but it would never have lost control, made a mistake, or crashed.

“We pitted our algorithms against a human, who flies a lot more by feel,” says Rob Reid, the project's task manager. “You can actually see that the AI flies the drone smoothly around the course, whereas human pilots tend to accelerate aggressively, so their path is jerkier.”

The project was massive in both scale and potential. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory built the robotics that powered the drone, whereas Google’s AI research is what created the autonomous pilot. And that’s because these drones are good for more than just showing up human competitors. The vision is that autonomous drones will one day perform various kinds of jobs too inconvenient, or too dangerous for humans. A drone can fly over stock in a warehouse and use image recognition on labels to perform inventory. An automated drone can scout on search and rescue missions without endangering human emergency workers. Heck, we may not even have to send astronauts on spacewalks anymore if we can just deploy a robot to live on the space station’s hull and perform repairs when needed.

The possibilities are endless, so NASA and Google want to be absolutely sure all of these applications will be as safe as we can possibly make them.

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Source : https://www.indiatimes.com/technology/science-and-future/using-racing-drones-nasa-just-proved-that-ai-is-more-reliable-as-a-pilot-than-humans-334258.html

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