Shall We Play a Game?

Man vs. Machine as AI Battles Human F-16 Pilot in Virtual Dogfight

Christopher Hoskin
Taking Stock

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One of my favorite movies as a kid was WarGames with Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy. The 1983 film focuses on Broderick’s character, David Lightman, who is a young hacker who thinks he’s hacking into a software developer but somehow manages to access a United States military supercomputer. After gaining access, Lightman locates what he believes to be a list of computer games and runs a program titled Global Thermonuclear War. The AI David is interacting with is tied into the U.S nuclear weapons control system and attempts to start World War III. The AI system is unable to tell the difference between simulation and reality.

A more modern showdown between man and machine, with much less dire consequences, has been recently announced. The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)has announced that the third round of its AlphaDogfight Trials will include an aerial combat simulation between a human F-16 fighter pilot and an artificial intelligence algorithm. According to Andrew Eversden,

“The competition is also part of DARPA’s Air Combat Evolution, or ACE, program, which was started in 2019, and seeks to automate air-to-air combat as well as…

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Christopher Hoskin
Taking Stock

Writer | Speaker | Christ-Follower | Theologian | Investor | Tech Addict | Bibliophile. (B.A. Religion VCU/MDiv Regent University). www.comfortandhope.org