Every year we see videos of Boston Dynamics’ robots getting closer and closer to full-field military deployment. Cameras get smaller, wireless signaling gets more advanced, and high school kids are building robots
that we could only dream about just a few decades ago. Right now, for just $1,200
, you can buy a quadcopter flying camera that beams live video back to any synchronized smartphone.
Even better: Add the VR helmet Oculus Rift to the mix.
Flying cameras are new enough and expensive enough to hold their overall numbers in check, but as the price comes down and people start seeing the amazing videos they can produce, flying cameras and drones will start showing up everywhere.
In the future, we’ll fight a lot more wars with drones. We’ll film our weddings with drones and get the latest "Wimpy Kid" book delivered by them. Drones will deliver our pizzas and track our movements through a city. They’ll help us fertilize our crops more efficiently and capture people trying to sneak across the border. Plus the thousand other reasons that we’ll think up along the way, good and bad.
As our current Internet evolves into the Internet of Things
and advances are made in robotics and artificial intelligence (Google is close on the driverless car), drones are going to play a huge part in shaping our world. I’m still not sure if I’m more excited or terrified.
We live in interesting times.
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