Drones: will they save us or destroy us?

I can’t imagine them saving our world, unless an entirely opposite, or otherwise peaceful group comes in to oversee them and create a new purpose for their existence. For now they continue to wreak havoc on innocent people, and without much ethical decision-making involved. And how can there be when through our programming we have been overly desensitized to violence at all ends of the spectrum, and now this drone warfare is setup just as a video game. This creates so little effort in taking initiative to attack, spy, or destroy entire civilizations that the rate of terror is only rising. Horrific images and film depict the destruction to both humanity and our planet due to the increasing numbers of these robot beasts. Not to mention, many of these drone operators have minimal transition periods between their home and combative life, if any at all, which seems obvious that they would have difficulty balancing these two. Bottom line… I just don’t think we should push to create robots that may be able to enslave us or kill us all in the end. Probably not a good idea. Actually now that I think about it, it may be easier saving our world if we all acted in alignment with nature and treaded lightly on this earth knowing we are only guests.

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TED Blog

This week, we’ll be taking a deep dive into a provocative topic: drones. For all the rhetoric, you might think think that this is a zero sum game: Drones will either destroy the world, or they’ll save it. The truth, of course, is that, well, they’re set to do both. Sophisticated developments see extraordinary advances on the part of the military, while the same technology is being harnessed and applied for life and planet-saving reasons, too. The key is for us to be careful and thoughtful about all, and not blindly stumble into dystopia despite ourselves.

Starting tomorrow, we’ll be publishing three new drone-related TED Talks. First up is Lian Pin Koh, who uses drones for nature conversation. We also have a talk from TEDxMidAtlantic showing how Chad Jenkins and Henry Evans collaborated to help the latter navigate life after a stem-brain stroke by means of a robot he can…

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