Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Build Drones, not roads

More from the "Robots are Good" file: Adreas Raptopoulos is the founder of Matternet, a company building a network of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to transport medicine and goods in places with poor road infrastructure. His idea -- "drones for good" -- employs small, electric UAVs to transport packages weighing up to a pound or so and containing items like vaccines, medicines or blood samples, over distances 10 kilometers at a time. using drones for transportation that leapfrogs roads, his idea could improve lives for many, many people. And make drones a popular tool for good, instead of evil.

Think of how mobile networks have overtaken land lines in poorly connected countries -- some countries just don't bother stringing wires. Why not the same, with roads? Where's the flying car when we need it?

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