Late last year the US Department of Defense successfully ran a dozen flight tests in which AI agents piloted an experimental fighter jet. We explore the program that got it there and what this milestone means. We Meet:
Chase Kohler, Edwards Air Force Base
Sue Halpern, The New Yorker
Paul Scharre, Center for a New American Security Additional sources and sound:
DARPA's AlphaDogfight Trials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzdhIA2S35w
The Rise of A.I. Fighter Pilots: Artificial intelligence is being taught to fly warplanes: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/01/24/the-rise-of-ai-fighter-pilots
This episode was reported and produced by Jennifer Strong and Anthony Green with help from Emma Cillekens. It was edited by Jennifer Strong and Mat Honan, and mixed by Garret Lang with original music from Garret Lang and Jacob Gorski. Artwork by Stephanie Arnett.