Aug 31, 2023

Champion Drone Racers Beaten by a Pilot That Isn’t Even Human

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI

The abilities of artificial intelligence (AI) systems are advancing at an astounding rate, nearing or bettering what humans can do in simulations and test environments.

Setting aside the ethical and environmental concerns around AI and those of autonomous drones for a minute, we can marvel at this latest feat: an AI-controlled drone system that beat three professional drone pilots in a series of head-to-head races, winning more often than not.

Swift is the name of the autonomous system, which outmaneuvered the world-champion human pilots in 15 of the 25 races, on a track full of sweeping turns and screeching pivots designed by a professional drone-racing pilot.

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