Artificial Intelligence isn’t always that intelligent.
Do you ever find yourself scrolling through an AI platform like Google Earth and find something that’s just a little bit wrong? Maybe it’s an incorrect layout of a city, or a panoramic photo that captures a bird at just the wrong moment. Well, there’s a new simulation in town, and it’s just as head-scratching as any other you’ve seen.
Microsoft launched a new AI Flight Simulator on PC that allows you to virtually fly wherever you’d like all over the world—a feature we all very much need in our lives right now. Landscapes and buildings are automatically generated by special algorithms that ‘try to interpret satellite data to guess at what they look like in real life.’
The good news? Apparently, it brings users some of the most realistic visuals home simulation has ever seen. The bad news? It works for large buildings like skyscrapers—but for some reason, not more historic ones.
An eagle-eyed Reddit user discovered this issue while using the simulation. As they flew over Buckingham Palace—or what is supposed to be Buckingham Palace—they found that the Queen’s humble abode had seemed to have been replaced by an ordinary block of offices.
Her Majesty shouldn’t take it personally, though, as it seems like the office block is a default assigned at random when the game can’t quite figure out what the building is no matter how famous it may be.
For example, the largest stature in India—the Statue of Unity—has also been replaced with this genetically modified building. Not sure how many tourists would pay to see that one. Another Reddit user used the simulation to fly over his favorite English football club, Aston Villa, only to find this same collection of horrible office buildings. Maybe the game’s developer just isn’t an Aston Villa fan, who knows.
Don’t worry though, avid flight simulators. These mistakes aren’t set to last forever, and as more people notice them, the quicker they will be corrected. In the meantime, if you have a PC, try this new simulation and see how many mistakes you’re able to find—they’re likely to give you a good laugh.