This amazing shape-shifting drone is like something straight out of sci-fi, but it's real – and autonomous…

Moju Zhao's Dragon Drone
(Image credit: The University of Tokyo)

This week the world meets in Bletchley Park, England, for the AI Safety Summit – in the very place where Alan Turing, proposer of the famous test for machine intelligence, once worked. And this new piece of autonomous technology conjures images of flying, shape-shifting robots from the future. Is it already too late for humanity?

Okay, probably not. But it is called Dragon, or rather DRAGON, which is a little ominous. It stands for (in what might be a contender for the most forced acronym of all time) Dual-rotor embedded multilink Robot with the Ability of multi-deGree-of-freedom aerial transformatiON. We spotted it first on the Interesting Engineering channel on YouTube, and you can check it out below.

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