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Microsoft Wants to Teach Drones, Robots and Drills How to Think

Microsoft Corp. and technology rivals spend a lot of time talking about machine learning. Now Microsoft is talking about something called machine teaching. No the software maker doesn’t plan to send robots into classrooms. In a world where factories and …

How Drones Are Accelerating Digital Transformation in the Insurance Industry

Somewhere in central Michigan, a pickup truck drives into a sleepy suburban neighborhood. An autonomous drone takes flight off the truck’s flatbed and, nearly silently, heads a half-mile east, slowing above a mid-20th century craftsman home that has clearly suffered …

UPS Drones Win Milestone FAA Permission to Take Off Shackles

United Parcel Service Inc. won U.S. certification to fly drones under regulations similar to those for airlines, a milestone that allows the company to vastly expand airborne deliveries. The Federal Aviation Administration gave the courier permission to use delivery drones …

Drones Do Deadly Work So You Don’t Have To

Here’s a job any worker would be happy to pass off to a drone: Imagine crawling down a ladder into the vast darkness of a 20-story-high storage tank filled with toxic chemical fumes to spend hours searching for corrosion. More …

Chinese Drones Banned by Tech Supplier to U.S. Police

A supplier of drone technology to dozens of state and local law enforcement and public safety agencies, located in the U.S. and a handful of other countries, will stop working with Chinese drone manufacturers, citing security concerns. Cape, a Redwood …

Thanks to Drones, French Wine Tastes Better

The sun is shining over a vineyard in the Fronton region of southwestern France, where wine-growing began in Roman times. The only sound is the buzzing of a distant tractor. That’s about to be disrupted by a flying robot. Nikola …

Video Game Effort Could Help Regulate Future Drone Traffic

Drones ferrying medical supplies, packages and even pizza could one day be crisscrossing the skies above U.S. cities, and a team at the University of Utah is working with regulators to keep that future traffic in check using a video …

Catch Them If You Can: The Soaring Business of Downing Drones

Just shoot them down? After troublesome drones infiltrated London’s Gatwick airport late last year, disrupting passenger flights and costing potentially millions of pounds in revenue, that was the instinctive question posed by the watching world. But for some businesses, shooting …

Alphabet’s Drone Delivery Business Cleared for Takeoff by FAA

About the photo: A Google X Project Wing drone delivers a package at a home during a demonstration in Blacksburg, Virginia. Photographer: Charles Mostoller/Bloomberg An offshoot of Alphabet Inc.’s Google has become the first drone operator to receive government approval …

Drones, Supercomputers and Sonar Deployed Against Floods

About the photo: In this March 21, file photo, Whitney Flynn, a physical scientist at the National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala., works on computer screens showing flood predictions and other information. An arsenal of new technology is being put …