Drones are typically thought of as flying spying robots, or even worse flying spying shooting robots.
This TED talk discusses the potential of employing drones for the powers of good, where ecologist Lian Pin Koh makes a persuasive case for using drones to monitor and protect the world’s forests and wildlife. These lightweight autonomous flying vehicles can track animals in their natural habitat, monitor the health of rainforests, even combat crime by detecting poachers via thermal imaging.
Images taken on site and of Orangutan Nests acquired during missions in South East Asia
What I find entirely convincing is that in the ‘next city’ of the future, what is to stop these autonomous drones from tracking, monitoring and gathering data on city dwellers. Once you start monitoring animals, the next logical step is surely humans. The fact that these drones are surprisingly affordable making their ubiquitous appearance in high density cities almost a certainty, at both a government level and and individual ‘make your own’ drone kit.
More can be found at: Let the Drones take care of the Biosphere « NextNature.net.