High-Speed AI Drone Overtakes World-Champion Drone Racers

In a groundbreaking achievement for artificial intelligence (AI), researchers from the University of Zurich and Intel have developed an AI system called “Swift” capable of beating human champions in drone racing. Swift was trained in a simulated environment using reinforcement learning, allowing it to teach itself to fly by trial and error. With the ability to react in real-time and make autonomous decisions based on data from its onboard camera, Swift outperformed human racers in terms of speed, completing the fastest lap overall. The development of Swift has implications for applications such as environmental monitoring, disaster response, and fast autonomous flight in various industries.


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