China develops AI to design hypersonic missiles | Taiwan News
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – China has created an artificial intelligence (AI) system that autonomously recognizes shock waves in wind tunnel tests used to design hypersonic missiles, according to results released by a team of Chinese researchers. this month.
A lead researcher on the team said human brains are falling behind as hypersonics advance, for a South China Morning Post report. Rather than having scientists gradually dig into photos produced by flight simulation tests to uncover clues on how to improve the missile, Le’s team deployed AI to quickly label the shockwaves. by location, brightness, color and other characteristics.
Wind tunnel testing produces thousands of images per second, which must then be analyzed pixel by pixel.
In one test, researchers claim that the AI recognized shock waves with 85% accuracy compared to a human. It took only nine seconds to process the image on a regular graphics card.
The team says the AI developed its own knowledge base from the images and required no human intervention to match the patterns and train. The system uses “unsupervised segmentation” – a computer vision technique where AIs decode images solely by their graphics without relying on tags added in the metadata.
This AI-based approach could allow China to accelerate its hypersonic missile programs, which could give its military a new advantage in its ongoing geopolitical competition with the United States.
Earlier this month, Chinese researchers claimed to have developed a microwave machine that emits a pulse so strong it could potentially jam or destroy satellites in space. Although China denies the machine is a directed energy weapon (DEW), a Beijing-based space scientist told media anonymously that it could function as a high-powered weapon, saying its power was “overwhelming just thinking about it.”
Alarm over China’s capacity grew after that tested nuclear-capable hypersonic glide vehicle which flew through space in low orbit in August of last year, which some Washington likened Sputnik to a “new moment.” Having lagged behind China and Russia in this area, the United States has recently responded by rushing to install hypersonic missiles on its own warships.
In November last year, Raytheon Technologiesone of America’s leading weapons manufacturers, has been selected by the nation’s Missile Defense Agency to help build and install the first interceptor specifically designed to defeat hypersonic threats – the Glide Phase Interceptor (GPI ).
Yet not everyone in US defense is sold on hypersonics. Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall, for example, questioned their relevance to US strategy and whether the expensive technology is worth it.
“It’s not obvious that just because China is doing hypersonics that we should be doing similar hypersonics immediately,” Kendall said Feb. 15.
Kendall says hypersonics are best for taking out stationary targets. Yet the United States, whose goal is to counter aggression from actors like Russia and China, must generally neutralize moving targets (ships, tanks, or other platforms) that Moscow and Beijing might use to invade neighboring countries.