Artificial Intelligence: Chinese AI Can Pursue, Attack, And Capture Satellites

June 16, 2022 | Artificial Intelligence, News

It’s a scary Star Wars like scenario.

A study published in the Chinese peer-reviewed journal Aerospace Shanghai gave details of an AI experiment in which the AI technology commanded three small satellites in their mission to hunt, attack, and capture other target satellites. (HT Tech)

The AI also displayed deception strategies to confuse the target. Reportedly, the predator satellites appeared to abandon their pursuit to confuse the target, but instead regrouped instantly, resumed their chase, and captured the target.

The paper also said that this game-playing experiment was repeated thousands of times. The AI’s ability to both deceive and hunt was indeed formidable.

These abilities show that the Chinese technology is extremely advanced, given that other nations would provide defensive equipment to protect their satellites, including their own AI technology and sensors.

Attack satellite on the prowl in space

Lead scientist Dang Zhaohui, who is a professor of astronautics at Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an, said, “this is spectacular.”

A predator-prey scenario being played out in outer space would be similar to a Star Wars scenario, and it may not be as far out in the future as we think.

Meanwhile, a Chinese paper published in May in the Journal of International Security Studies stated, “The application of artificial intelligence in space will have a disruptive impact on global strategic stability.”

“Attacking satellites, especially early-warning satellites, is often seen as a precursor to nuclear war,” the author wrote, urging the international community to adopt laws governing AI activity in space.

Related Story: ESA Pioneering Development Of AI-Driven Space Debris-Dodging System

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