Secretaries, butlers, and surgeons are probably among the most difficult occupations to replace with robots because they must be responsive to unexpected changing conditions. They must also have a sense of empathy and be able to anticipate what their employer / client / patient seeks as the outcome when conditions change.
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.