The Air Force has awarded a contract to Soar Technologies to develop drones " that not only think, but anticipate the moves of human pilots." The idea is that these new drones will be able to anticipate how human pilots will respond to a drone flying too close so that when drones try to land at busy terminals, there won't be collisions.Soar Technologies will build something "that uses "memory management, pattern matching, and goal-based reasoning" to infer the intentions of nearby aircraft. Not presuming that every flight will go according to plan, the Schema Engine's "cognitive explanation mechanism" will help the drone figure out if a pilot is flying erratically or out of control."

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