The world has been moving towards a planet based on artificial intelligence, and now many people, as well as organizations, have started testing these AI against the capabilities of the human mind. In recent events, a race was conducted between an AI-based drone and a world-renowned human pilot. The final results established the human drone pilot as the winner, but the AI was just a few bits behind. It was defined by the observers as the most consistent one amidst the two.

According to the final reports by NASA, the professional Drone pilot Ken Lo represented the humans and managed to keep an average drone loop of 11.1 seconds followed closely by the AI based drone at 13.9 seconds. In a statement released by NASA, Lo explained, the course was tricky and counts as one of the densest track that he had ever flown. He further added that his biggest weakness is that he gets tired easily. The onset of mental fatigue causes him to lose even after he has flown through the course numerous times.

NASA provided further insights into the race stating that the human-driven drone was not as consistent as the AI drone. As explained by Rob Reid, the project’s task manager, they pitted the odds against the human as compared to the AI, because the human-based drone was being flown by implications via feelings. One can easily notice that the AI based drone followed a smooth course whereas the one with human pilot trod aggressively following a jerkier path. The race was conducted by NASA on 12th of October followed by the results being declared on Tuesday. Out of the four drones involved in the race, only one was being driven by a human while the other three were being operated by highly advanced AI machines. The names of the AI drones were Batman, Joker, and Nightwing. Google funded the AI race, and all the drones were constructed and compiled at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Although the AI drones lost the battle against a human-driven drone, it reflected consistency and precision. The only thing it lacked was creativity and aggression that enabled the human-driven drone to bag the first position. This race was an exciting event for Reid as well as other involved researchers which brought out some positive outcomes. Ried explained that the autonomous drones built by them are much faster and might even participate in professional racing events. The complications in our daily life can get a lot easier with the introduction of AI-based drones. These drones can help in the search and rescue missions at disaster prone sites. These AI robots can also provide a helping hand in navigation through space stations in the future.


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