How Will Drones Be Used In The Future

9 Feb 17 2 Comments

Today I’ve got a guest post from my friend Poppy Gallagher. Like everyone else, she’s thinking a lot about drones especially considering Lady Gaga’s incredible performance and the current political situation. I hope you find it interesting.


How will drones be used in the future?

Currently, more and more applications for drone technology are being discovered every day. People that are passionate about aeronautical technology have likely already realised some of the possibilities of drone technology and have been forced to wait for the world to catch up with their ideas. Well, it seems that the world might be catching up with the future a lot faster than we had expected.

Surveillance, Documentation and Exploration

While everyone is highly aware of drones being used for surveillance purposes, the extent of surveillance will more than likely be expanded in the future. For example, the University of Missouri started training journalism students how to pilot drones to gather information from events that may be difficult to film with a hand held camera. Surveillance drones are also being used to document wildlife and explore archaeological excavation sites. The development of a waterproof drone capable of remaining submerged in briny water for months at a time without being damaged could even indicate a near-at-hand revolution of the methods of the marine science community.

In regards to gathering information, chances are that the technology of surveillance drones is going to continue to be improved. We expect drones will get smaller and quieter for discreet documentation.

Emergency Services and Aid

Drones have already shown incredible potential when it comes to providing aid and supporting the emergency services. In warzones they have been used to deliver food and medical supplies, they’ve been used to combat fires trials are being conducted to see how they might fair when used to catch criminals. It can be proposed that drones will become a vital component of the emergency services. With the use of such technologies as heat sensitive cameras there’s also a lot of potential for drones to be used at disaster sites to locate survivors quickly.

Defence and Military

In terms of the development of military and defence drones, the improvement is not necessarily in the application of drone technology, but rather the quality. Drones are stronger, faster, quieter and capable of carrying devastating weaponry. While it is still uncertain as to what the next step is in regards to enhancing drone power there is some speculation that Trump might take charge over drone warfare after Trump made a particularly disturbing comment about the treatment of terrorists and their families during the election. Now that the technology is in his hands we might see more deadly military applications being developed. But, this is still only a theory and so far Trump has not shown much intention of creating airborne Terminators. So, if you need a distraction from the political bleakness, you can play Trump’s Whitehouse Game and imagine for yourself what Trump’s Whitehouse would look like.

Leisure, Service and Entertainment

This is the industry filled with independent innovators, focusing on experimenting more than they are developing. New creative ways of utilising drones are being introduced all the time, including Singapore restaurants using drones as waiters and delivery services using them to deliver goods to their customers.

Intel’s experiments with controlling hundreds of drones as one unit were shown at its best in the exciting Super Bowl display in Houston last weekend.

But it’s not all just spectacle. Young film makers and media enthusiasts are using drones to enhance their cinematography on a budget. Combining camera stabilisers and gimbals with their drones that can capture incredible longshots that might have taken a professional studio thousands of dollars to create.

There’s also cases of people using as ‘battle bots’, with fans from all over the world organising drone racing and fighting tournaments in which the winner can win thousands of dollars in prize money if they win.

Hopefully, in the future, we’ll see a lot more of this creativity. We expect that artists are going to start thinking about the possibilities of drones our daily lives will be a little bit easier and cheerier.
 


 

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2 Comments

  • Sylvia is giving us the positive side but, unfortunately, there is a “flip-side” as well.
    Already the human race has embraced e-sites like “Farcebook” without realising – and if they do without much thought for the consequences that these media are not just chipping our personal freedom away, no they vacuum it up in large chunks. And we humans put on the shackles voluntarily. Privacy soon will be a thing of the past.
    Imagine a couple who live in a secluded area, a high fence or hedge around their property. They used to be able to go around naked if they wanted to. Now, if they do a few drones will swoop in and within an hour they will be all over the media. A woman who used to be nude in her bedroom, perhaps doing yoga. No problem, her apartment is on the 12th floor so the curtains used to be open. Now she can expect a drone in front of her bedroom window.
    Criminals can now use drones to survey a potential target. Here in Ireland many old farmers are vulnerable as some live alone.
    Traffic incidents can be the result of being handled by unqualified operators, even collisions with aircraft are a possibility.
    The Irish Aviation Authority is working on new legislation to be proposed to parliament. If it passes, operators of drones may have to get an operator’s licence.
    Easier and cheerier? Or scarier? Take your pick.

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