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Boeing, Shield AI in pact to work together on future programmes

US companies Boeing and Shield AI have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore strategic collaboration in the areas of autonomous capabilities and artificial intelligence on current and future defence programs. The agreement, signed at the Air Force Association Warfare Symposium, will be managed by Boeing Phantom Works.

“Boeing continues to leverage talent from across the enterprise to make great strides in autonomous capabilities and programs in recent years,” said Steve Nordlund, vice president and general manager for Boeing’s Air Dominance organization. “Collaborating with Shield AI, the leader in AI pilots, will accelerate our ability to deliver these capabilities to the warfighter.”

Shield AI is a venture-backed defence technology company established to produce intelligent systems, including what it says is the world’s best AI pilot. Its AI pilot, Hivemind, has flown an F-16 fighter, a vertical takeoff and landing drone (V-BAT), and a Nova quadcopter. According to Shield AI, the AI pilot can also enable swarms of drones and aircraft to operate autonomously without GPS, communications or a human pilot in the cockpit.

“AI pilots are the most strategic deterrent technology since the introduction of stealth aircraft and have proven successful in flying air-combat scenarios” said Brandon Tseng, president and co-founder of Shield AI. “Integrating Boeing aircraft with our AI pilot would redefine what large aircraft, crewed or uncrewed, could do. As the world leader in aerospace technology, Boeing has been exceptionally easy to engage with, so we are excited to expand our scope of work to co-develop, productize and bring to market the world’s best AI pilot for large aircraft.”

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