The Unforeseen Consequences and Untapped Potential of Drones

Part of our Hey! Look at That! Technology series

Drones (or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – UAVs) are a prime example of what often happens with developing technologies.

  • First, the new technology appears, and the possibilities seem unlimited. Everyone gets excited, money gets invested, manufacturing begins –
  • Then, the new toy on the block fails to deliver. A lot of people involved at this point get disgusted (or go broke) and drop out.
  • Not much later, the kinks get worked out. The technology takes off further than anyone anticipated.

There are exceptions of course.

3D Printing is a Big Deal

Part of our Hey, Look at That! Series

3D printing is a fascinating subject. And getting more so by leaps and bounds.

Ray Kurtzweil reminds us in his seminal work, The Singularity, that often times new technology bursts forward with what seems to be great potential, only to fall short. At this point, many people conclude that the promise was greater than the potential and they move on. Others keep at it and in many cases, they finally bring the new technology to fruition, changing the world at an ever accelerating pace.