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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Who will Fly all the Drones?

NASA Finds AI-Powered Drones May Be Safer Than Human-Flown Ones 

International Business Times    By Rishabh Jain

Researchers at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have demonstrated that drones controlled by artificial intelligence (AI) may be safer than those controlled by humans. Researchers previously had developed a vision-based navigation algorithm for spacecraft, and now they are applying the algorithm to drones. In the demonstration, researchers pitted a human-controlled drone against an AI-controlled drone, and found the latter flied more smoothly around the course. In addition, the human pilots tended to accelerate more aggressively, making the drone's path jerkier, says JPL's Rob Reid. However, this more aggressive piloting resulted in faster course times, as the AI-controlled drone took an average of 13.9 seconds to complete one lap around the course, while a professional pilot took an average of 11.9 seconds. Although the professional pilot technically beat the AI on an obstacle course, the researchers found the AI pilot was more cautious and consistent. .... " 

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