Drones

Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, are aircrafts that fly without a human pilot on board. Controlled from the ground as part of unmanned aircraft systems, drones were originally developed in order to complete military missions deemed to dangerous for humans to perform. Although drones were created solely for military purposes, their use has been expanding rapidly over the last few years throughout the private sector. To the average citizen, the word drone brings to mind precision military bombings and extrajudicial killings. There are good reasons for that. For years their sole use was for military operations requiring air support in areas where manned aircrafts would be unable to safely reach. And the news media has reinforced this perception of drones as flying death machines, flooding the airwaves with stories about drone strikes in the middle east. Despite this negative reputation, police forces around the world have come to see the benefits offered by this new technology. Drones are now used for more than just killing enemy combatants, helping officers of the law keep the peace. One reason that many people are uncomfortable with the idea of these unmanned aerial vehicles is the increasing levels of autonomy under which they operate. Drone technology has advanced to such a degree that it is possible for them to essentially fly themselves. While this is undeniably useful in civilian applications, such as aerial mapping and scientific research, it raises serious concerns with regards to military operations. As these drones require less and less direct …

Robot Tech

Robot Technology

As we move further into the technological era of the 21st century, there’s a single question at the forefront of society’s mind. Where is automation taking us? Science fiction has long been predicting the use of Robots in the future, but the future is now. From Tesla’s partnership with Uber to create self-driving cars, to Amazon’s drone delivery and robotic dog project, large corporations are in a race for automation. Artificial intelligence is expanding, and robot technology is becoming our reality. Its purpose is to make our lives more efficient: faster, easier, and smarter than ever before. Scientists and engineers are turning complex problems into elegantly reliable solutions. The applications started off small. From plugged in electronics to remote controlled technology, to the future of automatically performed tasks. Roomba by IRobot was released in 2002, the beginning of a new era. This robot technology solved a tedious problem: vacuuming floors for consumers. What used to take hours now takes no time at all. Just let the robot automatically roam a home for dust and dirt, it does the entire job for you. Fast forward a single decade and we can see this technology permeating the consumers market. Medical robots can perform complex surgeries, 3D printers can build houses in a fraction of the time of construction, and Artificial Intelligence can solve problems in real time due to complex algorithms. Robots now have speech recognition, depth perception for location and transportation utilization, and autonomy in decision making. Robots with a single …