Technology is an amazing thing. It seems to fascinate our minds with visionary images of the future. At the same time, it questions our assumptions about our social and physical world. At its core, technology truly enables us to grow and progress as a society and as individuals. Often, the rapid pace of technological progress leaves little time to appreciate the achievements we have made so far. Sit back and think about the inventions made during the last 10 or 20 years and you’ll realize the distance we’ve travelled thus far.
Drones have opened up new avenues for commercial development. Several tech companies are showing confidence in the ability of commercial drones to reshape the economy and transportation systems around the world. One of the most visionary thinkers is Raffaello D’Andrea who views drone technology as a culmination of art and innovation.
D’Andrea is remembered for his elevating TED Talk in February 2016 where he offers a sneak peek into his vision of commercial drones developed in collaboration with Verity Studios. He firmly believes that drones will evolve dramatically in the coming years and will influence our lives in unimaginable ways.
D’Andrea’s work is fascinating and influential for two reasons. Firstly, it offers insight into the scope of drone technology and its impact on the future. Secondly, D’Andrea demonstrates the intertwining of art and technology through drone development. What we see is a future where drones will not simply serve a commercial purpose. In fact, they will become a useful medium of artistic and creative expression.
If D’Andrea’s vision of the future is to be believed—and there is scant reason for not doing so—we can be confident in the possibility of building bridges across fields that were considered too technologically distant or unrelated for any meaningful collaboration.