Google-funded NASA AI drone took on a world-class human pilot, and they finished just seconds apart

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Autonomous vehicles are one thing, but what about self-flying drones? AI-powered recreational craft are still in their infancy, but a Google-funded NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory project aimed to give it a serious boost, with two years of research and testing ultimately culminating in a head-to-head race between an AI drone and one of the world's best drone pilots. As you might expect, the AI drone's precision was on full display, but shocking it simply wasn't enough to topple years of carefully honed human skill.

Veteran drone pilot Ken Loo was invited by JPL to face off against its own custom drone at a NASA warehouse, and both Loo and the AI were given the chance to run a drone race course multiple times to establish their averages. The completely AI-controlled drone, which was programmed to know the course and uses cameras to help guide its way, swooped in with a average time of just 13.9 seconds. Loo, on the other hand, soundly proved that his experience was simply too much for the software to handle, logging an average time of 11.1 seconds.

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