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One of the most iconic characters from "Star Wars," R2-D2, is known for lending a helping hand to the Rebel alliance. From assisting Luke Skywalker on the take down the Empire's evil Death Star in A New Hope to aiding Rey in her journey to find and defeat Darth Sidious in Rise of Skywalker.
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Now those movie heroics may be migrating to the real world with an artificial intelligence-based co-pilot appropriately named "Artuμ."
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The Force — the United States Air Force that is — has developed "Artuμ," the military's first AI technology created by Air Combat Command's U-2 Federal Laboratory.
Artuμ is used to operate Lockheed Martin's U-2 spy plane radar system using μZero gaming algorithms, a leading computer program that has been used to beat human players in chess, Go and video games, according to an op-ed in Popular Mechanics by Air Force acquisition executive Will Roper.
"Like any pilot, Artuμ (even the real R2-D2) has strengths and weaknesses," Roper tweeted Wednesday. "Understanding them to prep both humans and AI for a new era of algorithmic warfare is our next imperative step. We either become sci-fi or become history."
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Artuμ successfully flew aboard a U-2 Dragon Lady for the first time in Department of Defense history during a reconnaissance training mission conducted out of Beale Air Force Base in California on Dec. 15. During the mission, it was responsible for sensor employment and tactical navigation during a simulated missile strike in order to find enemy launchers.