A.I.-controlled helicopter: Seriously, need I say more?

An A.I.-controlled helicopter demonstrates its stuff at Stanford.

Stanford helicopters
Stanford scientists gloat over their incredible accomplishment and how insignificant my own have been...maybe. Stanford News Service

On Monday, a 4-foot-long helicopter equipped with an artificial-intelligence system developed by computer scientists at Stanford University flew over the campus, according to Reuters. The helicopter had taught itself to fly by watching the aerobatics of a radio-controlled helicopter flown by a human. Also on Monday, I got my Warlock to level 66 in World of Warcraft. Yeah, I think I need to reevaluate my priorities.

The self-controlled mini-hopper performed flips, rolls, pirouettes, stall-turns, knife-edges, and an inverted hover over a field. Adam Coates, a Ph.D. student who worked on the project, said the machines can fly maneuvers at the edge of what real helicopters are capable of.

Each helicopter costs about $4,000 to build. A number of companies that are hoping to use the A.I. for surveillance and mapping applications have contacted the research group.

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