There is no question, drones, have as transformative technology, changed the way we do many things. Drones have replaced humans by taking over dangerous and time consuming jobs. What’s safer? Using a human or a drone to complete a building inspection. Instead of rangers trying to monitor large expanses of unforgiving landscape to stop poachers, why not send in a few fixed wing drones instead?
Now drones are very quickly changing the face of journalism. Usha Rani Das, a reporter for Business Insider, recently covered this subject. In his piece “How drones changed the face of Journalism,” Usha covers ten major milestones in drone journalism. From the first 3D model created to show the damage of a natural disaster after the devastating earthquake in Nepal to DJIs demonstration, where they flew a Phantom drone into a volcano in the Tanna island of Vanuatu.
Remember watching our favourite Jetsons flying around in cars and wondering if you too could fly like them? Little did we contemplate then that we would ever get to live in a sc-fi-come-true-age. This does not stop here. Rather it begins from here. From capturing volcanic eruption to the collapse of a building, Drones have come a long way from just being used for military operations. We take you on a ride to the world of journalism – drone journalism to be precise.
What does the future hold?
Andrew Donohue proposed a technology that would allow the drones to collect air samples from high polluted areas and transmit the data to mobile app. The app would notify the users of the effected community when the pollution level of that area reaches the notified level. It would be an effort to control the pollution by transmitting data over space and time.