Strange Future - Drones

1:05 PM 5 Comments

I have had a very drone oriented few days and this has got us thinking here a little at Emex. I spent yesterday looking at the amazing range of drones that are available for my children in the toy store, and this morning I caught the latest Amazon Drone advert. I have got to say that a 30 minute delivery window with live video updates is a very compelling  idea and I can certainly see it catching on. Flying a small drone to buy some goods, rather than driving a giant SUV is a real game changer in terms of fuel consumption as well.

It is said that most of us are very bad at imagining the future. We are so stuck in the present, dealing with our everyday problems that the future seems too far off to worry about. Some Mondays certainly feel this way but today is a little different for me.

My kids love drones, and they are flying them with their phones from the age of 5. What does this mean for the future. I think that it means there are going to be a lot of drones in the world. It’s kind of obvious I know, but it's wild when you really think about it. A Harry Potter style world where we all have a personal drone getting and fetching for us. How many might there be? I think that we have to consider the fact that there might be billions of drones. More than one for every human on the planet. A lot of these will be solar powered and flying on a 24/7 basis. A kind of man made insect swarm.

How can we make the drone driven world safer. The safety curve for machines takes a while to really kick in. Early planes were very dangerous as were early cars. Human progress seems to mean that just as we are getting on top of the safety principles of these machines, a whole new sector comes along and changes everything. Thats progress….

I think that the EHS software sector has a role to play here. Incident tracking is now immediate, online and mobile and our ability to track and react to incidents and their causes is greatly increased through this technology. We cannot really say what a billion drones will mean for safety, and some of these will even be safety drones. All we can say for sure is that we are better positioned through our IT analysis systems to respond and learn in a much more rapid fashion.

A Emex Safety Drone…. maybe we should patent that!!!


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