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The Pentagon is developing an analogue of R2-D2 from "Star Wars"

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The new Artificial Intelligence called Skyborg, which is at the development stage, will act as a co-pilot or navigator performing important secondary functions while the main pilot fights or controls the aircraft.




Will Roper, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Procurement, Technology and Logistics, claims that the Air Force Research Laboratory is currently developing a technology that completely changes the modern concept of piloting and air combat.

According to information published by C4ISRNET, Roper compared Skyborg with the Star Wars robot R2-D2, the faithful droid of Luke Skywalker, who helped the latter lead the battle on space X-Wing from his place behind the pilot's cabin. In the films, Luke could give voice commands R2-D2, asking the droid for navigation information or repair of a fighter during the flight.

Skyborg can take over the functions that were originally performed by co-pilots or navigators, allowing the pilot to concentrate on the flight.

In the real world, Skyborg will consist of two systems. The first is the artificial intelligence in the style of R2-D2, which will pilot a fighter as a co-pilot. Like the same movie star Luke Skywalker, the Air Force pilot of the near future will be able to interact with the AI ​​using voice commands. The AI ​​can also serve as the main pilot on single-wing escort aircraft, which traditionally performed such tasks as providing radar awareness, target identification, navigation, and raising situational awareness.

In particular, one of the specific tasks that Skyborg will face is the recognition of targets, the collection of data from sensors and the attempt to identify nearby planes, including enemy ones.

The second system is artificial intelligence, which will drive an unmanned vehicle, such as a Boeing Loyal Wingman or Kratos Defense XQ-58A Valkyrie. According to C4ISRNET, such a system can even control the unmanned version of the F-Q16. Retired F-16, reconfigured for unmanned flight, the QF-16 currently serves as an air target. However, powered by sophisticated AI, the device can theoretically become an inexpensive, expendable combat drone that carries its own weapon system.

In any of the possible roles of Skyborg, the Air Force insists, the emphasis is not on creating a complex that can replace the pilot (and raises all the acute ethical issues associated with the use of artificial intelligence in battle), but on a system that improves the efficiency of ordinary pilots, allowing them solve more tasks in an increasingly complex combat situation.
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  1. Tank jacket
    Tank jacket 22 March 2019 09: 56
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    The Boeing 737 MAX also has Skyborg, helping Luke Skywalker to drop the Empire's planes.
    1. Nevsky_ZU
      Nevsky_ZU 22 March 2019 10: 01
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      Hollywood is there, it is the center of programming the future and global trends laughing
      1. Tank jacket
        Tank jacket 22 March 2019 10: 03
        +7
        Vyacheslav is a policy of aggressive Tinto Brasing ... The most disadvantaged in rights is a white heterosexual male Protestant WASP.
        1. Spartanez300
          Spartanez300 22 March 2019 10: 13
          +2
          And if this "co-pilot" has a short circuit, then how yes .
          1. bouncyhunter
            bouncyhunter 22 March 2019 10: 30
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            Quote: Spartanez300
            whereas

            Then: "Houston, we have a problem!" , and - bailout.
            1. abrakadabre
              abrakadabre 22 March 2019 10: 49
              +2
              and - bailouts.
              Perhaps even forced, produced by the droid due to a jumper.
              1. bouncyhunter
                bouncyhunter 22 March 2019 10: 52
                +4
                Quote: abrakadabre
                Perhaps even forced, produced by the droid due to a jumper.

                This is how Skynet will secure air superiority. wink
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    2. Ravil_Asnafovich
      Ravil_Asnafovich 22 March 2019 10: 04
      0
      But the way it is! There is nothing to add!
    3. Hto tama
      Hto tama 22 March 2019 10: 12
      +2
      Further, apparently the "death star"
      1. AVA77
        AVA77 22 March 2019 10: 52
        +3
        G kid in a distant, distant galaxy ... At a meeting between Putin and Trump. Donald .... I want to tell you, you are my SON wink
        1. bessmertniy
          bessmertniy 22 March 2019 12: 09
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          If experts get into a rage with this artificial intelligence, then Hollywood will relax. lol
        2. Tank jacket
          Tank jacket 22 March 2019 16: 31
          +3
          I appreciate your humor drinks
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    5. NEXUS
      NEXUS 22 March 2019 14: 11
      +5
      Quote: Tank jacket
      The Boeing 737 MAX also has Skyborg, helping Luke Skywalker to drop the Empire's planes.

      All this reminded me of how the Third Reich at the end of the war invented flying saucers, super tanks, searched for Swabia ...
      1. Tank jacket
        Tank jacket 22 March 2019 16: 34
        +2
        hi I agree, but they succeeded in the Manhattan project and rocket science ...
  2. Berber
    Berber 22 March 2019 10: 00
    +5
    Hollywood rules. Americans are moving into an alternate reality. Because the "real" reality does not make them happy.
  3. evgic
    evgic 22 March 2019 10: 05
    +1
    I can only faintly imagine how the pilot will issue commands in a dogfight. Apparently like in a cartoon anime.
    1. Roman070280
      Roman070280 22 March 2019 10: 56
      +1
      Like a Cord In St. Petersburg to drink .. a taxi driver - to the navigator ..
  4. Proton
    Proton 22 March 2019 10: 09
    +2
    Well, let them fly there in space, fly with them laughing and then you never know, “krasukha” or “Borisoglebsk” will turn up like a pilot to steer? what
    1. Simon
      Simon 22 March 2019 10: 40
      +1
      Flying in space will not help them, we will get them there. The Americans are still flying into space on our RD-180s, they can’t come up with their own, and they take all kinds of fantasies from their films. laughing
  5. sergo1914
    sergo1914 22 March 2019 10: 41
    +3
    Will U.S. Army Command change into Darth Vader costumes?
  6. abrakadabre
    abrakadabre 22 March 2019 10: 46
    +2
    a near future air force pilot will be able to interact with AI using voice commands.
    Will the pilots take a droid "modem" language course?

    The decommissioned F-16, reconfigured for unmanned flight, the QF-16 currently serves as an aerial target. However, powered by a complex AI, the device could theoretically become inexpensiveconsumed by a combat drone that carries its own weapons system.
    Inexpensive ?!
    1. Pimply
      22 March 2019 11: 21
      +4
      Quote: abrakadabre
      Inexpensive ?!

      Yes, since they are still written off and the money has been paid for them long ago. Alteration allows extending their service life and giving new functionality for a small part of the cost of modern drone UAVs.
      1. abrakadabre
        abrakadabre 22 March 2019 11: 31
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        Yes, since they are still written off and the money has been paid for them long ago. Alteration allows extending their service life and giving new functionality for a small part of the cost of modern drone UAVs.
        How much do you say there will cost an hour of inter-flight service?
        1. Pimply
          22 March 2019 19: 12
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          Quote: abrakadabre
          How much do you say there will cost an hour of inter-flight service?


          At the UAV it is also not cheap
    2. orionvitt
      orionvitt 22 March 2019 11: 21
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      Quote: abrakadabre
      Will the pilots take a droid "modem" language course?

      In this case, the third member, the C-3PO translator robot, will be assigned to the "crew" laughing
      1. abrakadabre
        abrakadabre 22 March 2019 11: 33
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        In this case, the third member, the C-3PO translator robot, will be assigned to the "crew"
        Or Google’s online translator will be used laughing
  7. Wilderness
    Wilderness 22 March 2019 10: 51
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    It remains for the pilots to add 4 buttons to the control panel: "pause", "home" and "save / load" (as in games).
    1. Pimply
      22 March 2019 11: 21
      +3
      Quote: Wilderness
      It remains for the pilots to add 4 buttons to the control panel: "pause", "home" and "save / load" (as in games).

      Spkojna! All will be!
    2. Fat
      Fat 22 March 2019 11: 49
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      Quote: Wilderness
      It remains for the pilots to add 4 buttons to the control panel: "pause", "home" and "save / load" (as in games).

      Yeah and 4 indicator lights. "Mission aborted", "mission failed". "Game Over", "RIP" lol
  8. Cowbra
    Cowbra 22 March 2019 11: 20
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    Scribe of the Air Force. They have already shoved some analogue of Windows onto the F-35, the result is known - the gun seems to be there, but in fact it’s not there, but it’s tripled on the ground))) AI is much more complicated, therefore it will be buggy in the cube
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    1. Hto tama
      Hto tama 22 March 2019 12: 28
      +3
      And you are apparently an adherent of the sect "Svidomo saucepan"?
  10. faterdom
    faterdom 22 March 2019 12: 33
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    Ok Google!
  11. Forest
    Forest 22 March 2019 12: 53
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    I remember the Pentagon's flying laser)
  12. Black owerlord
    Black owerlord 22 March 2019 13: 27
    -2
    Judging by the comments here, the editors of the "military secret" from Ren-TV are all over the place.
    1. Shahno
      Shahno 22 March 2019 14: 19
      -1
      Take it higher ..
  13. Disorder
    Disorder 22 March 2019 14: 45
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    Like all the same movie hero Luke Skywalker, an Air Force pilot of the near future will be able to interact with AI using voice commands.

    wassat "Okay Google". And he answered - "After 100 meters, turn right."
  14. Alexander Petrov1
    Alexander Petrov1 22 March 2019 20: 28
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    Will there be music from Star Wars? laughing