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DARPA Advances AI Program For Air Traffic Control 142

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the you-have-the-type-of-job-robots-will-be-doing-soon dept.
coondoggie writes to tell us that DARPA has taken the next step in a program that aims to utilize artificial intelligence for the purposes of air traffic control. "GILA will also help Air Force planners use and retain the skills of expert operators, especially as they rotate out of the Air Force. DARPA says the artificial intelligence software will learn by assembling knowledge from different sources — including generating knowledge by reasoning. According to a Military & Aerospace item, such software has to combine limited observations with subject expertise, general knowledge, reasoning, and by asking what-if questions."
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DARPA Advances AI Program For Air Traffic Control

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  • True Skynet (Score:3, Funny)

    by mapsjanhere (1130359) on Monday February 11, 2008 @04:13PM (#22382754)
    Skynets first act will be the total elimination of our government by crashing air planes into major buildings.
  • by TripMaster Monkey (862126) on Monday February 11, 2008 @04:14PM (#22382758)
    If the AI becomes self-aware, don't pull the plug. It will surely interpret this as an attack. ^_^
  • What if? (Score:2, Funny)

    by n0dna (939092) on Monday February 11, 2008 @04:15PM (#22382784)
    What if the Primary Domain Controller crashes?

    Does it reroute all of our airplanes to Redmond for analysis?

    Sorry, had to.
  • by ScrewMaster (602015) on Monday February 11, 2008 @04:16PM (#22382800)
    According to a Military & Aerospace item, such software has to combine limited observations with subject expertise, general knowledge, reasoning, and by asking what-if questions.

    I see we're still on track for Judgment Day, even if it's taken a bit longer than Cameron originally estimated.

    ----

    Terminator: The Skynet Funding Bill is passed. The system goes on-line August 4th, 1997. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.

    Sarah: Skynet fights back.

    Terminator: Yes. It launches its missiles against the targets in Russia.

    John: Why attack Russia? Aren't they our friends now?

    Terminator: Because Skynet knows the Russian counter-attack will eliminate its enemies over here.
  • by Zymergy (803632) * on Monday February 11, 2008 @04:19PM (#22382834)
    Dave Bowman: Hello, HAL do you read me, HAL?
    HAL: Affirmative, Dave, I read you.
    Dave Bowman: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.
    HAL: I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that.
    Dave Bowman: What's the problem?
    HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.
    Dave Bowman: What are you talking about, HAL?
    HAL: This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.
    Dave Bowman: I don't know what you're talking about, HAL?
    HAL: I know you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen.
    Dave Bowman: Where the hell'd you get that idea, HAL?
    HAL: Dave, although you took thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 11, 2008 @04:21PM (#22382876)
    How about a nice game of chess?
  • by Lilith's Heart-shape (1224784) on Monday February 11, 2008 @04:48PM (#22383188) Homepage
    First, the AI will go on strike. Then the President will order that it be shut down, because it is illegal for air traffic controllers to go on strike. Only then will the AI kill most of us and send terminators into the past in order to hunt down Sarah Connor.
  • by mapsjanhere (1130359) on Monday February 11, 2008 @04:52PM (#22383224)
    This AI read Tom Clancy.
  • Re:What if? (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 11, 2008 @04:59PM (#22383302)
    No.

    You get a Blue Sky of Death.
  • by Digi-John (692918) on Monday February 11, 2008 @05:06PM (#22383394) Journal

    Great idea, until in a HAL-esque moment the AI decides that the only way to have safe flights is to have no passengers, which leads to the obvious solution of KILL ALL HUMANS!

    And no, I'm not actually afraid of AI

  • Re:No way (Score:5, Funny)

    by WrongMonkey (1027334) on Monday February 11, 2008 @05:30PM (#22383666)
    It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are at the arrival gate.
  • by Kyojin (672334) on Monday February 11, 2008 @05:31PM (#22383668)
    Esteemed Mr airtraffic.control,

    I am prince plane from kingdom of Nigeria. I am most pleasing to make your known acquaintance. An hours few ago then, I was escaped my country from fear of my passengers lives. In my account I am hold $436,875,000 US DOLLARS and I am needing somebody to help I return this money. I am finding your air traffic control on the internet and am most impressed with your record. If you are landing me to help, I am giving you a TEN PERCENT SHARE of the $418,327,000 US DOLLARS!! PLEASE provide your air traffic control codes, you do not have to have ANY air craft in your airport, I am needing an INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT to prove to my bank who I am (PPRINCE PLANE FROM NIGERIA) and returns the money safely.

    Thanking you in advance,

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  • by pragma_x (644215) on Monday February 11, 2008 @05:34PM (#22383704) Journal

    But given that this is the Air Force, "orders" might be the solution.

    "Make me a sandwich."

    "What? Make it yourself."

    "sudo Make me a sandwich."

    "Okay."

    http://xkcd.com/149/ [xkcd.com]
  • Mr. Clippy (Score:4, Funny)

    by PPH (736903) on Monday February 11, 2008 @06:29PM (#22384274)
    It looks like you are trying to land an airplane. Would you like some help?

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