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New technology, new life – Can we handle it?

New day, new technology, new world!

With this growing world in technology, there are a lots of upcoming positive and negative consequences.

Nowadays quadrotors are mostly used on workplaces, disaster areas, … But what if they enter in the normal daily life of a human being?  Can you imagine that a father sends a quadrotor after his child to bring him/her to school or to the busstation?

If this forecasting becomes true, will you then use a quadrotor in you daily life for this kind of applications?

  1. 11/01/2013 at 14:11

    I wouldn’t necessarily use a quadrotor to guide my children to school. I think there would be other kinds of robots more appropriate for this as flying gives no real advantage.
    But when the technology is ready, I wouldn’t hesitate to use it.

    If I could use a quadrotor as some kind of postal service, that would be a nice application. (Like an electric postal pigeon for small packages.)

    • 21/01/2013 at 08:22

      A postal service pigeon would really be great. Especially in this kind of weather, when due to a heavy snow fall riding a motorbike is not easy.

  2. michaeltijskens
    24/01/2013 at 15:31

    I disagree with you Wim. In my opinion flying has the biggest advantage of all transportation modes; you have no congestion, and you have the shortest routes, since you’re not binded to the available roads. I think it would be great if we started using quadrotors in daily life!

    • 26/01/2013 at 18:42

      But the quadrotor would be guiding the child, it would not be carrying it.

      I agree that flying as mode of transportation would prevent a lot of congestion. The accidents will be worse of course. But there will be probably be less of them.

  3. 31/01/2013 at 09:46

    Yeah of course I would like this new technology. I don’t think that bringing children back from school is a good idea. Where is the interaction between you and your child then? Like Prabhjot said, a postal service pigeon sounds cool!

    • 04/02/2013 at 17:54

      Would it be any different from putting your children on a bus to be carried to the school?
      Of course, you shouldn’t use it in a way that will avoid the need to interact with your children. But if you have time on other moments to do that, would it be bad to use a quadrotor (or other robot) to bring them to school?

      • 06/02/2013 at 17:01

        If a quadrotor is used to bring the children to school, then the parents can see them every moment.
        It’s not a bad idea to use a robot to bring your children to school, but as Jeroen said, maybe the children don’t feel good. It’s possible that they don’t like to see a robot instead of their mom or dad bringing them to school.

  4. visualrecognition
    10/02/2013 at 12:43

    I won’t use it for guiding my child to school. Today, all the children can go to school by themselves, so there is no reason to use that. I think it can be used in other areas like filming etc.

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