Decision-making capabilities are just the start for these flying robots. Microsoft wants to use unmanned aerial vehicles to map out mosquito breeding grounds and determine where deadly infectious diseases are being harbored.
Amazon wants drones that autonomously deliver packages. Microsoft wants drones that save lives. In 2015, the software giant announced Project Premonitions, which plans to use a fleet of drones to can detect mosquito hotbeds.
The blood that mosquitos suck from animals and humans contain pathogens that researchers use to identify known and unknown mosquito-borne diseases, such as Zika and West Nile. Catch the presence of a deadly virus early enough, and scientists could prevent an epidemic.
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