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Feb 4, 2022

DARPA funds AI assistant for Black Hawk helicopter pilots

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“Today, simple warning systems are the most common means for aiding a rotorcraft aircrew, such as auditory alerts to increase altitude. These warning systems are limiting and can induce unanticipated cognitive burdens on pilots”, says Northrop Grumman. “Studies have shown that inattentional blindness to such warnings can occur, often making them ineffective for the aircrew.”

To help keep the AI assistant in sync with its human users, the software program will use sensors, worn by the pilots, to gauge what each human perceives and knows. The types of sensors were not disclosed, though eye-tracking technologies have been used for similar purposes in the past.

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