Drone racing is one of the fastest growing sports, but it’s already morphing into the machine age. In conjunction with aerospace manufacturer Lockheed Martin, the Drone Racing League (DRL) is embarking on an AI initiative, calling upon developers and students who can create autonomous drones capable of maneuvering the League’s 2019 season courses with no presets or real-time human input. Then, at the end of the season, the fastest drone will face off against the top DRL pilot, with the winner taking home $200,000. And if that winner turns out to be a drone, which may yet be a while, then the developer gets the cash, and, most likely, a job offer?
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