Could Pollution-Mapping Open AI Give Us Automated Pollution Cleaning Drones?

Drones today are being proposed for everything from flying cars to autonomous last-mile delivery systems. Autonomous vehicles that can take off, safely perform a mission beyond the observation of a human operator and return and land back on their takeoff pad without any human intervention are the future of commercial UAVs.

Delivery drones have become a particularly hot area of development, with a future dream of armies of small flying drones delivering everything from life-saving medicines, defibrillators and life preservers to run-of-the-mill packages. What if instead of delivering packages, we built drones that could do the reverse – cleaning up trash? As AI software capable of autonomously identifying trash improves, could we actually built fleets of pollution cleaning drones?

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