Drones are stuck somewhere between being novel toys for nerdy enthusiasts and actually useful tools that will one day become as ubiquitous as laptops and smartphones. There isn’t anyone out there who really needs a drone, yet, as the need hasn’t successfully been created. However, when drones finally do make their breakthrough, they’ll appear in all different fields. Drone operators will be employed in all fields of industry, agriculture and commerce, although by the time that happens, humans likely won’t be considered good enough candidates for the job – computers and robots do that kind of thing much better than we do.
Regardless, drones are coming – especially quadcopter drones – and you’d better get used to them. Just take a look at the different models available on the market at RotorCopters to get a good idea of what might suit you. You can use your new drone for all kinds of things:
First up, there is the nerdy aspect, which may soon expand to popular culture in general. Drone battles already take place and it won’t be long until they are fitted out with lasers and different types of bombs to take place in competitive challenges and battles. This could represent a serious challenge to the computer gaming industry. A classic case of art mimics life, mimics art. These developments also have another important dimension, however. Traditional drones have been used in wars for some time now, raining down fire on the government’s enemies from on high. Quadcopters are also being used in bomb disposal and infantry units. A Russian drone armed with an assault cannon and rockets is reported to have accurately destroyed its targets at various distances while moving at speed. Learning about the potential of such weapons is important for our own personal security. They might well put police dogs out of a job.
Drones don’t only have to kill people, though. They can also be equipped to help save people’s lives. In an emergency, a drone can carry vital equipment such as defibrillators and medication to where they are needed much faster than an ambulance. They could also relay live communication between the first responders and those already present at the scene. This scene may be repeated domestically in less drastic circumstances, for example, when you receive a call from your child’s school to tell you that they haven’t brought their gym kit for the third week in a row, you can simply have the drone carry it over there to get to your child in next to no time. This kind of rapid delivery usage is being developed in the hope that it will be attractive to takeaway restaurants and convenience stores, whose customers will pay a premium for ultra-rapid service by drone.
Photography, videography and journalism are all getting to grips with drones, too. These days a wedding video is considered old fashioned if it doesn’t have at least a few flyby shots of the reception party. In tomorrow’s world, the drone will be the new selfie stick, buzzing about around annoying tourists and teenagers pouting for their photos.
Drones will be used on farms to spray crops and herd flocks, they’ll be used in construction to carry materials and perform dangerous tasks at high altitudes. Not being drone-literate will become the equivalent of being computer illiterate today. We can look forward to a world in which our firefighters, police officers and soldiers all sit in some centralized underground bunker, controlling their armies of drones around the clock, every day. And the soldiers, firefighters and police officers will spend every moment of every day watching over us, as robots don’t need to sleep.
Perhaps you won’t need to learn how to use a drone after all, perhaps they will simply respond to voice commands. All you’ll have to do is tell them what you need from the store and to stop off and take some lewd photos of your cute neighbor on the way back.
Then when the drone arrives back from carrying out your instructions, hotly pursued by other drones with flashing lights and badges, you’ll be able to plead the fifth as the drones take you into custody.