The upside to consumer-grade drones will be lower costs all around as delivery becomes cheaper.
(PRWEB) January 14, 2014
From the 1950's to the 1990's, atomic bombs could be regarded as the cultural bogeyman. It was easy for a movie like Battle for the Planet of the Apes to use a really big bomb as a symbol of man's folly and the nature of war. Today, the military drone seems to have taken the atomic bomb's place. What many fail to acknowledge, however, is that drones are not inherently destructive. A flying drone, like the Parrot MiniDrone seen at the latest CES, isn't really anything more than a multipurpose remote control helicopter.
The upside to consumer-grade drones will be lower costs all around as delivery becomes cheaper. We're going to see greater opportunities being created for people in out of the way places. We're also going to see a lot of jobs disappear. Delivery drivers will be the first to go, but consider all those little things that could be done better by a drone. Will Google still need to pay Google Earth van drivers to get their street-view shots, or is that something that drones will do better?
"It's easy to wring our hands about the downsides of new technology," said technology entrepreneur Jason Hope of Scottsdale, AZ. “It's a lot more rewarding to imagine the possibilities."
Like a lot of new tech, drones are likely to make a lot of jobs disappear even as they make life generally easier overall.
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