Researchers Created an AI That Can Pilot an Aircraft Autonomously

Researchers at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, announced that they have created a functional AI pilot that is capable of autonomously flying an aircraft.

This advanced artificial intelligence (AI) pilot can safely avoid collisions, predict the flight pattern of nearby aircraft, and accurately adhere to a pre-programmed flight path and a preset destination.

The advent of this AI pilot means autonomous aircraft could soon become a reality, according to the researchers.

In fact, the team behind the AI stated that it is capable of communicating with nearby pilots through the plane’s radio channels.

Additionally, the team has stated that this AI may soon even pass the Turing Test, which is the test that determines whether or not an artificial intelligence program is distinguishable from a human-grade intelligence or not.

The researchers stated that the AI has yet to pilot an actual aircraft, but has performed more than adequately in preliminary tests, with Sebastian Scherer, an associate professor, going on to state: “This is the first AI pilot that works in the current airspace,” noting that the unmanned aircraft will not need airspace regulations to be adjusted around it, but rather the AI meets current standards.