Boeing has announced a memorandum of understanding with Shield AI to collaborate on developing autonomous capabilities and artificial intelligence (AI) for defense programs. The partnership was signed at the Air Force Association Warfare Symposium and will be managed by Boeing Phantom Works. Shield AI is a venture-backed defense technology company whose mission is to protect service members and civilians with intelligent systems.
The aerospace company will leverage Shield AI’s expertise to explore new autonomous capabilities and programs for defense, with the aim of delivering better technology and solutions for the warfighter. Boeing has been working to improve autonomous technology in recent years, and this partnership will accelerate the process of delivering advanced capabilities.
Shield AI’s Hivemind AI Pilot
Shield AI has developed an artificial intelligence pilot named Hivemind, which can fly a variety of aircraft and enable swarms of drones and aircraft to operate autonomously without GPS, communications, or a human pilot in the cockpit. Hivemind is a cutting-edge technology that allows unmanned aircraft to perform complex maneuvers and make real-time decisions without human intervention, which is crucial in defense operations.
Boeing’s Plans for Autonomous Capabilities
Boeing’s collaboration with Shield AI is part of the aerospace company’s broader strategy to advance autonomous capabilities in defense programs. Steve Nordlund, vice president and general manager for Boeing’s Air Dominance organization, said that the partnership would help Boeing deliver advanced capabilities to the warfighter. Nordlund also noted that Boeing had been leveraging talent from across the enterprise to make great strides in autonomous capabilities and programs in recent years.
Shield AI’s Vision for AI Pilots
Brandon Tseng, president and co-founder of Shield AI and a former Navy SEAL, said that AI pilots were the most strategic deterrent technology since the introduction of stealth aircraft and had proven successful in flying air-combat scenarios. Integrating Boeing aircraft with Shield AI’s Hivemind 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 Shield AI is excited to expand its scope of work to co-develop, productize and bring to market the world’s best AI pilot for large aircraft.
Boeing’s collaboration with Shield AI is a significant step in the advancement of autonomous capabilities and artificial intelligence for defense programs. The partnership will allow both companies to leverage their expertise and technology to deliver better solutions for the warfighter. Shield AI’s Hivemind AI pilot is a cutting-edge technology that allows unmanned aircraft to perform complex maneuvers and make real-time decisions without human intervention. As the world leader in aerospace technology, Boeing is well-positioned to take advantage of this innovative technology and push the boundaries of what large aircraft can do.