The Future is Here: Flying Robots, Drones for Hire

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The future has finally arrived! Robots, once a figment of our imagination, and limited to the world of film, have leaped from both our fantasy and the big screen, into reality. Back in the 1980s robots were were assassinators in the movie, the Terminator, and in Robocop, they were superhuman law enforcement. In the 1990’s, the main objective of robots in the movie, The Matrix, was to overpower mankind, and in 2007, alien robots disguised themselves as vehicles and other machinery.

So, the film industry has portrayed robots in a number of different ways, as heroes, villains, etc., and in the past, when we would think of robots, generally, we would associate them with entities that were out of control, mainly because robots are non-human. This would bring about a plethora of emotions, typically negative perceptions, and mostly fear. However, today, robots are our reality, changing our perception of them, into a more positive one.

With advanced technology and man’s very obvious obsession with convenience, robots have become very essential in our lives. We use them to assist us in everyday chores like vacuuming, mowing the lawn, and other household tasks. Robots are also a big deal in the military, as well as in manufacturing, and agriculture. They are a vital part of many facets of our lives.There are various types of robots, with a variety of different functions, but there is one in particular that seems to be taking the world by storm: drones, the flying robots.

The drone, also known as the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), used initially for military purposes, is now a projected $127,000,000 market worldwide. The UAV is in very high demand in many areas, particularly areas that have a great impact on the economy.

The greatest demand for drones lies in the field of infrastructure at an estimated $45 billion opportunity. This would mean of course that drones would replace humans in some occupations.. For example, these flying robots have sensors that can detect far more than the human eye, and their production would be significantly higher than that of humans, because drones are much faster. Also, humans become tired at some point and the weather can interfere with the quality of work at times, but with drones, these issues would be non-existent.

There are numerous benefits for using drones for tasks that are commonly carried out by man. One of the main advantages is safety. Instead of risking the life of an employee, companies can use drones for more dangerous jobs such as repairs on power lines, towers, antennas, and other high risk jobs. Accidents will decline at an estimated 91%.

Another field in which drones would prove beneficial is agriculture. Drones are used for harvesting and treatment purposes, as well as informing farmers about the state of their crops.

Drones would also prove a success in the field of insurance as well. They are used for assessing damage in areas such as flooding and fires

Also, due to the very powerful sensors on drones, the field of security would prove to be an even greater success. In fact, a study in Poland revealed a 60% decrease in theft activity in the workplace.

So, would this mean that unemployment would be on the rise by replacing humans with drones for certain occupations? Not necessarily. Traditional skills would still be necessary for quality assurance purposes. So, it would benefit employees who work in areas with a high demand for drones, to pursue their drone pilot licenses.

These flying robots are guaranteed to revolutionize our world significantly. However, although droning is obviously quite promising, as with everything, there is always room for improvement. Some of the obstacles associated with droning are as follow: 1). Drones can not fly more than 1500 feet from the pilot. 2). Drones cannot fly higher than an altitude of 400 feet. 3). There are limits on the weight of drones. 4). Special permission is required to drone in established areas. 5). The battery life on drones are very limited. These barriers are expected to be alleviated as technology advances.

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