Urban drone deliveries, and our guide to AI regulations

—Zeyi Yang

In a busy urban area in Shenzhen, China, I watched a drone land at a kiosk to deliver the iced tea I ordered half an hour earlier. The delivery service is run 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 US peers is that it uses drones in the most potentially challenging environments: dense urban populations. For some Shenzhen residents and suppliers, drone deliveries are no longer a novelty—it’s part of their daily routine. And the company’s progress shows that regular drone deliveries in cities are possible. Read full story.

Our Quick Guide to 6 Ways We Can Tune AI

AI regulation is hot. Since the success of OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot, public attention has been drawn with wonder and anxiety about what these powerful AI tools can do.

Tech CEOs, US senators, and leaders at the G7 summit are all united in their desire to achieve international standards and stronger safeguards for regulating AI. Melissa Heikkilä, our senior AI reporter, analyzed six different international efforts to regulate the technology and scored each effort on their impact. Let’s see what she comes up with.

This story is part of our Tech Review Explained series, dedicated to untangling the complex, sometimes messy world of science and technology to help you understand what’s going on. Check out the other stories in the series.

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