In a bustling urban area in Shenzhen, China, I watched a drone descend on a pickup kiosk to deliver the iced tea I ordered half an hour earlier. The delivery service is operated by Meituan, China’s most popular food delivery platform, which has been making regular drone deliveries to city residents for the past year and a half.
What sets Meituan apart from its American peers is that it is flying drones in potentially the most challenging environment: dense urban areas. For some Shenzhen residents and vendors, delivery by drone is no longer a novelty – it’s part of their daily routine. And the company’s progress shows that regular delivery of drones to cities is possible. Read full story.
Our quick guide to 6 ways AI is regulated
AI regulation is hot. Since the success of OpenAI’s chatbot ChatGPT, public attention has been drawn to the wonder and concern of what these powerful AI tools can do.
Tech CEOs, US senators and leaders at the G7 summit are united in their desire for international standards and stronger guardrails to govern AI. Melissa Hikkila, our senior AI reporter, has analyzed six different international efforts to regulate the technology, and given each of them a score based on how effective they have been. Take a look at what she came up with.
This story is part of our Tech Review Explains series, dedicated to sorting out the complex, sometimes messy, world of science and technology to help you understand what’s going on. View other stories in the series,
And if you want to hear more about Melissa’s incisive thoughts on AI regulation, check out latest version of the algorithmHis weekly AI newsletter, about the prospects for AI regulation in the US. Sign up To receive it in your inbox every Monday.