The concept of artificial intelligence (AI) in space is not difficult to accept. Every science fiction movie ever made has prepared us for this reality. This interesting topic came to us from Intelligent Aerospace in their article, “Artificial intelligence and machine learning for unmanned vehicles.”

Unmanned aerial vehicles actually took to the skies during World War I — just 14 years after the Wright Brothers’ first flight in 1903. However, they really came into their own during the Vietnam War and have become even more prevalent and essential since then.

The most successful AI implementations are rarely used in the space industry today, as the statistical models developed within the neural network are not human readable and have been impossible to replicate thus far. So the fact that military experts are now developing new enabling technologies to help unmanned aircraft, ground vehicles, submarines and surface vessels to swarm and make decisions without human intervention warrants attention.

Melody K. Smith

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