I know there is similiar topic to this ( In the future will Aircraft be flown by pilots or computers? ), but it’s closed, and has more than a year, a year in with a lot of new advances in AI technology, so anyways if a mod would like to close this, it’s ok.
Nowadays the automation and application of AI to everything is becoming a reality, from cars to drones, from boats to public transport. How much longer do you think it will take for the planes to be AI controlled too, leaving the pilots aside?
I believe that it will be a gradual process since there is a legal liability issue in case of accidents (the airline needs someone to blame if something happens to the aircraft), but this will probably disappear when people get used to using other transports with artificial intelligence; if people are already ok with getting into an automated and AI controlled bus or train, wich as we know is far more dangerous to your life (traffic accidents vs air accidents ratio), and automated AI controlled drones like the one that Uber is building with NASA, how far are we from AI pilots controlling commercial airlines.
With AI hacking is a thing of the past (something that Elon Musk said), because the AI itself doesn`t really need to be “connected” to the internet, and really, you could already hack nowadays planes in certain ways, specially the new ones, with all the electronic technology in them.
I would like to add that we should`nt think as AI as another computer, nowadays AIs are using ANNs wich means artificial neural networks, wich is very similar to our brain, it can learn from it’s errors (machine learning) and detect anything 1000 times faster than humans, so this technology erases the 0s and 1s of the map.
I would also like to add the economic factor, airlines will be happy to pay less salaries, and stop having problems with unions, as the case of Avianca a few months ago, or the error for Christmas vacations now with American Airlines.
So, what do you think?