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Engineers seek to teach rescue drones how lost humans think

from Scientific American

Frantic parents call 911 to report a child has wandered away from a state forest campsite. An unexpected storm strands hunters deep in a wilderness preserve. The U.S. National Park Service documented almost 3,500 search and rescue missions in 2017 alone. And speed is essential when someone goes missing, so search coordinators tend to throw in every tool at their disposal: volunteers, scent-trained dogs, horses and vehicles of all kinds often pour into the area. Drones may seem like an obvious way to save precious time and resources—but the catch is that these unmanned aerial vehicles still need to work far more effectively with humans in order to make a real difference. more


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