Chris Anderson, the former Editor-in-Chief of Wired and now CEO of 3-D Robotics, talks with The Atlantic's James Fallows about the role of drones for civilian uses. This program is part of The Atlantic Meets the Pacific 2013 conference presented by The Atlantic and UC San Diego. (#25784)

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  • there is only so much money in the world being spent..  new jobs shift away other jobs.. just like adding another grocery store doesn't magically create new revenue / sales.

    What you are talking about has been talked about every time there is something new or a new way to do something..  for centuries.   What jobs people get in the future will be different than in the past.  Just like the switch board operators back in the day.

    So yes.. walking the corn field doing crop scouting will not be something people do in the future.. very labor intensive and often miss most real issues in the crops... jobs will shift and change to different fields... ultimately if they do than it was for the best as the new way resulted in a better or cheaper or faster.  Just part of evolving technologies over time.

  • Very nice interview indeed. I also think there are still many applications to be discovered and that many of the already discovered are stupid, dangerous and unnecessary.

    But let's stop a minute and think how many jobs will be taken away from drones and semi autonomous aerial and ground vehicles in the next 20-30 years? Can the economical model withstand these technological progressions? Dr. Rafaello D Andrea along with Dr. Vijay Kumar have demonstrated significant and complex tasks that can be performed and this only leads to one conclusion.... Being a pilot and air traffic controller will be a job similar to the elevator operator back in the 40's inb other words inexistent. There is a great talk given by Andrew Mcafee on the subject  

  • Great discussion Chris. Stop by our lab next time you're at UCSD!

  • That was excellent !!

  • Great job Chris,

    The focus on agriculture as an initial primary practical area of concentration is very sensible and ultimately defensible.

    Over private land and with a huge economic and production consequence.

    And the importance of sensing and responding to the real external environment as the most important technological opportunity/barrier seems right too.

    The FAA, the media, the politicians and horribly exaggerated and inappropriate public opinions are going to be the greatest barrier, but it looks like your picking your battles carefully.

    I have generally taken the more difficult path, but you have taken it to a whole new level. 

    Against all odds I wish you the greatest success.

  • this video needs to go viral,  it would really help clear up the mass confusion about drones 

  • I appreciate the candid opinions about the good and the bad uses of these; it's tiresome seeing people represent only one side or the other. They are good options in some situations, and not in others, and we should keep that in mind.

  • nice informative interview.  Also nice to see mention of the danger of a flying lawn mower and associated risks when humans and drones mix.

  • Great Video/Program so far! I'm 3 minutes into it and its been interesting and funny so far.  Thanks for sharing Gary!!!

    Bravo Chris your jokes and enthusiasm is contagious!

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