Andre Geim gave a speech a year before he won the Nobel prize in Boston. When asked about the commercial applications of graphene, he told a joke about people aboard a cruise ship on the mediterranean. The sun was setting and golden and there were a large pod of dolphins playing near the boat, jumping out of water in sync from time to time, everybody on board was silent and utterly absorbed by the sheer beauty of this scene. Then, suddenly a boy shouted out "Mom, can we eat them?"
I guess its time the eat the dolphins now. :)
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.