Microsoft looking to get into the autonomous robot game

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It seems Google is not the only company with moonshots.

Microsoft Research has been advertising for technologists to staff a new a research team known as the Aerial Informatics and Robotics (AIR) group, according to Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley.

The team would be charged with “building intelligent and autonomous flying agents that are safe and enable applications that can positively influence our society,” a k a “fleet of flying robots.” The AIR group is building on research Microsoft is doing in machine intelligence and robotics and is meant to assist with everything from micro-UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicle/drones) to commercial jetliners, according to Microsoft’s own description on its Research site.

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