South Korean scientists have developed a humanoid robot that can fly airplanes and understand their manuals. The robot, named Pibot, is a creation of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST). It has limbs and fingers that allow it to manipulate flight instruments, and it stands at 160 cm and weighs 65 kg. Pibot uses external and internal cameras to monitor the aircraft’s status and manage control panel switches. It also utilizes OpenAI’s large language model, ChatGPT, to understand and memorize flight manuals.
The AI-powered pilot is a significant advancement in merging artificial intelligence and aviation. Pibot is capable of piloting existing aircraft and can even drive cars, operate tanks, or command ships. This development brings us one step closer to the day when flights operated by robot pilots become a reality.
In addition to Pibot, there are other fascinating aviation projects that incorporate artificial intelligence. The US Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin are testing an AI jet called VISTA X-62A. This aircraft has multiple AI systems that mimic existing planes, allowing the US Air Force to test new AI systems without risking manned flights.
NASA is also working on an exciting aviation project. The experimental X-59 aircraft, also known as the “Son of Concorde,” can reach supersonic speeds with significantly reduced noise levels. By using Quiet Supersonic Technology (Quesst), the X-59 produces softer sounds that make it viable for civilian airports.
While Pibot still requires further research and development before it is ready for practical use, the progress made in merging AI and aviation is promising. Commercial flights with AI pilots may be just around the corner. Artificial intelligence continues to expand into new fields, showcasing its potential in our rapidly advancing world.