When drones are used for useful, peaceful things

Believe it or not, but it’s possible

If you haven’t been hiding under a rock for the past years, then you’ve probably been introduced to a new tech product available to consumers – the Drone. This little remote controlled advice flies and carries a few things (like bombs) along with filming its surrounding while you stand somewhere on the ground, directing it. Is it awesome or what? So far, this technology is still being explored by its users, both for amazing things and a some less great things. But what is essential about this product, what is so magical about it that it somehow always makes big news around the world and why should ordinary people know of its latest expeditions?

Communication is established in many shapes, forms and sizes, some of which aim to provide visual information in the form of moving photography. In layman expression – movies. Now, this has been around for quite a while but it is only recently that moving pictures has been democratized and hence available to everyone who’s got a portable device hooked up to the world wide web…Or, very recently, a drone.

A drone by definition is a human-free machine which is operated with from the ground. Those commercially available drones are amazing, enabling a whole new dimension of shared videos and concepts.

“We live in a box of space and time. Movies are windows in its walls. They allow us to enter other minds, not simply in the sense of identifying with the characters, although that is an important part of it, but by seeing the world as another person sees it.”

– Roger Ebert


Having a drone chat – Why the F not?

Considering investing in a drone is a question about preference more than anything else. If you’re into art, news, documentary filming, architecture, landscape photography, investigative journalism or even event management – such a device could enable you to get your message out in a way you couldn’t before.

Hiring a film crew to set up their tech stuff and film a crowd of happy people, or a skyline or anything else – well, it’s pricy and requires a lot of logistics. A drone is a small little flying thingy, and that’s about it.

“For me nature is not landscape, but the dynamism of visual forces.”
– Bridget Riley

Yet another fantastic thing about this device is that it could enable chatting visually in real-time. Imagine someone wishing to put light on an important issue that involves the international relations between two countries, or some artist who wants to present his/her new pseudo-modernist art piece online. They get their drone up and start filming it, transferring it to the computer and uploading it to their exclusive premiere.

Who wouldn’t want to be involved in something like that? Upload content via some cool real-time video sharing application and you just got yourself a pretty nice event.

“This last demonstration is an exploration of synthetic swarms. The large number of autonomous, coordinated entities offers a new palette for aesthetic expression. We’ve taken commercially available micro quadcopters, each weighing less than a slice of bread, by the way, and outfitted them with our localization technology and custom algorithms. Because each unit knows where it is in space and is self-controlled, there is really no limit to their number.”
– Raffaello D’Andrea, from his TED Talk

Or, as mentioned above, a more serious issue involving institutions on the international stage , for example a natural disaster, or whatever in need of instant communication but with such restrictions that it would be impossible for a human being to access that particular place.

Well, it wouldn’t for a drone.

Or taking beautiful landscape photos like these, or creating incredible marketing events. The list is endless, so are the opportunities and possibilities with having access to such great technology. Why not find the best way possible to cultivate this new asset?


Considering rethinking the whole issue thing in technology

Being attentive towards potential security risks and issues is great, so is acting with a preventive mindset. An asshole could probably figure out far too many potentially destructive ways in which to use this tool, but that’s a small number as always. With every new technology, there will be a certain amount of individuals trying to do all they can to become ever so destructive.

Let the worlds finest deal with them.

And, while we’re at it, let the creative professionals worldwide have access to these tools as well, introducing young creatives to the possibilities that this flying thingy provides and letting them explore the new dimension of creating visual imagery.

Rethinking the technological issues and risks really means to see the potential of constructive use and then use that particular technology in such a way that it makes a good contribution to society. Whether it’s in the field of art, medicine, international relations or anywhere else, the main point is that the outcome from using the tool should be of positive value for the people involved.

“Visual art and writing don’t exist on an aesthetic hierarchy that positions one above the other, because each is capable of things the other can’t do at all. Sometimes one picture is equal to 30 pages of discourse, just as there are things images are completely incapable of communicating.”
 – William S. Burroughs

Seeing the possibilities with drones is a question on perspective. Would we want this device to be used to add maximum value to us? Perhaps possibly show us the world through another perspective? To have access to previously unknown parts of the world? Well then, if that’s a yes – then go get yourself a drone.

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