Nothing can beat real human intuition. Over the course of the millennia, from science fiction stories to real life technological advances, this one quote keeps coming up.
Whenever the topic of ‘could robots replace humans in the workforce’, people keep showing the argument that Artificial Intelligence can’t beat the adaptive human reflexes. That is something that people still cannot program on robots. Commonly, AI follow patterns and preprogrammed actions for any situation. This is why when you really need the job done, you do it yourself. Pilots turn off auto-pilot, drivers make sure they have their hands on the wheel. Surgeons use their own hands and opt out of robotic methods. Most professionals do not trust robots, computer programs, or AI if they really need to make sure something is done correctly.
The $250,000 Nvidia Bounty
The same argument has popped up in the emerging drone racing scene all over the globe. The question goes, could AI drones beat a drone driven by humans?
The argument is really heating up. So much that the Drone Racing League and computer company Nvidia issued a challenge to drone makers out there. The challenge is simple. If any creator can build a drone with AI that can out-race their human counterparts, they win the grand prize of $250,000. Apparently their trust on the human race is still paramount, considering the amount of their bounty.
But can it be doable? Surely, someone out there can do the trick. Money is a very powerful motivational tool, and Nvidia surely have that covered. The main reason for the challenge is that human drone operators spend months to even years for training. To beat all that training, experience, and intuition by one single program is a herculean task to complete.
The challenge not only focuses on human brain supremacy. It also adds pressure and motivation to drone creators out there to further push themselves. Newer designs, more powerful parts, or even a smarter AI. All efforts and advances in technology since the dawn of time have been led by motivated minds. Idle and complacent mentality can kill a trend, and can bring technological advancements to a halt.
So, can you design a drone that can beat a species that has dominated the world since the dawn of time?