A term which was not too long ago used to describe unmanned aerial ships scattered to bomb an enemy’s site has suddenly derived new meaning.
The drone today is being used for more than just the incendiary pursuits of militaries. Amazon garnered massive publicity and eyeballs, including front page reports in some leading dailies, when it released a video strutting the awesome abilities of drones to deliver small packages to nearby locations at blinding speeds. Bezos had barely reached for his keyboard when Twitter was already abuzz with a few quirky takes on Amazon’s project, ranging from the hillarious to the alarming.
Netflix was quick to grab the opportunity and released their own spoof showing Amazon’s drones crashing into each other in the background while the ones from Netflix themselves, out for delivering DVDs, touched base safely. So much for hustling up virality!
Facebook came out with probably the most prudent and sensible mechanism of putting drones to good use. They are in the process of acquiring Titan Aerospace, a company which creates solar-powered drones which would deliver Internet to parts of the world that are still without it, which is two-thirds of the world’s population. Yes, they are still without the Internet. In times when we’re trying to view the world through Internet connected glasses, a majority of it has probably no idea of what a website looks like. Food for thought.