Quotable (#126)

Matt Simon at the Drone World Expo (link):

… 75 exhibitors and more than 2,000 drone pros packing the San Jose Convention Center in the heart of Silicon Valley. The overwhelmingly male crowd, which is overwhelmingly wearing branded polo shirts, is here because there’s a mountain of money to be made in this nascent industry, perhaps almost $12 billion a year by 2023. Need a camera system? Look no further. How about lawyers to keep the FAA out of your hair? They’re here too.

This place sounds like the future — a high-pitched white noise not unlike the hum of bees. The smaller drones sound like mosquitoes. Regardless of what insect they sound like, these machines are big business, because more and more, drones are infiltrating our lives. …

2 thoughts on “Quotable (#126)

  1. http://richmedia.lse.ac.uk/publiclecturesandevents/20151130_1830_theFutureOfTheProfessions.mp3
    In an era when machines can out-perform human beings at most tasks, we will neither need nor want doctors, accountants, consultants, and many other professions, to work as they did in the 20th century.

    In this public lecture, Richard and Daniel Susskind predict the decline of experts as we know them, as the rise in new technologies transforms the way that practical know-how is made available in society.

    Richard Susskind (@richardsusskind) is IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England, President of the Society for Computers and Law and holds professorships at the University of Oxford, University College London and Gresham Collage.

    Daniel Susskind (@danielsusskind) is a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Oxford.

  2. DMF, have you seen https://www.sciencenews.org/article/whalecopter-drone-swoops-shot-and-shower? I’m waiting for some billionaire to set aside a few 10 millions per year to take over monitoring ocean health & fisheries: “whale-watching drones … can swing down to catch samples of spray that whales spout … The spray carries microbes, DNA, and hormones that can expose a whale’s health and history”, not to mention the health of the prey the whales are seeking, and the potential of fisheries that might also be of interest to humans. Best, Mark

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