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We've clogged up the roads......

Minivanman
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We've clogged up the roads......

...... so now lets clog up the skies? 

With over a billion vehicles on the road world wide - half of which I swear seem to congregate and commute daily around the M25, are we now going to see the skies above us fill up with the sound of buzzing drones.

Operators in the US who are seeking permission to fly them where they cannot be seen by the pilot, are already flying around 600,00 of them - or at least they will be by the end of the year if reports are correct.

America today, the UK tomorrow seems to be the way of things but look on the bright side, there might be fewer parcel delivery vans on the road - or not.

 

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Re: We've clogged up the roads......

I expect the US will think it's a great idea.

Until the suicide bombers think the same.

And how long before the US gun nuts have armed drones buzzing around schools.

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Re: We've clogged up the roads......

For those who want to imagine what it might look like, check this out if you've not done so already. It's all there folks, buying and flying in stuff we don't really need, but do because we so easily can.

Bring on the drones Crazy2

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/electric-dreams

 

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Re: We've clogged up the roads......

@billnotben

"Until the suicide bombers think the same"

Now that's a scary thought, all those traffic barriers and security gates, and now they might just as well fly over them.

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Re: We've clogged up the roads......

Amazon started trials a couple of years ago.

It's a scary thought though.

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Re: We've clogged up the roads......


@billnotben wrote:

 

Until the suicide bombers think the same.

 


It'll probably be a while longer before drones capable of carrying suicide bombers are as commonplace as the ones which can carry small packages.  However, I guess they could change to become plain old terrorist bombers and just send their bombs via drones.  Wink

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Re: We've clogged up the roads......

And how long will it be before drones can carry people ?

In theory it must be possible..What do you think ?

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Re: We've clogged up the roads......

I think they are practically there with modern aircraft - what with autopilots and what have you.

Isn't there some rule whereby the pilot has to be 'in charge' only when they land or take off?

 

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@gleneagles wrote:

And how long will it be before drones can carry people ?

In theory it must be possible..What do you think ?


That's already possible!

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Re: We've clogged up the roads......

I want one! Cheesy

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Re: We've clogged up the roads......

@Minivanman

I'm sure that's correct but most landings and take off are done automatically.

As for drones, imagine the scene, Driverless car takes you to your firms private car car, walk from car to drone designed for one person and owned by your firm which has all the flight data preprogrammed, whisks you to work and back again.

Good idea ? Perhaps not.

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Re: We've clogged up the roads......


@RobPN wrote:

@billnotben wrote:

 

Until the suicide bombers think the same.

 


It'll probably be a while longer before drones capable of carrying suicide bombers are as commonplace as the ones which can carry small packages.  However, I guess they could change to become plain old terrorist bombers and just send their bombs via drones.  Wink


You have missed the point. BNB wasn't talking about the suicide bombers being carried, just the drones being used by them to deliver their payloads.

They've already been doing it in syria, the media have pointed this out in the past..

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@billnotben wrote:

 

And how long before the US gun nuts have armed drones buzzing around schools.


What worries me in regard to the above is the increasing use of AI in many things.

We've all seen terminator, imagine armed drones being autonomously hacked and then being used against us.

Terrifying thought that.

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You have missed the point. BNB wasn't talking about the suicide bombers being carried, just the drones being used by them to deliver their payloads.

 


No, you've missed the point.  They wouldn't be suicide bombers if they didn't die when the bomb exploded would they?  Think about it.

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Re: We've clogged up the roads......

I'm wondering what Schroedinger's cat would make of that assertion. Wink

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