This stuff is so exciting! I'm one of those people who firmly believes that, for the survival of the species, we need to be looking at expanding. We need to be moving this direction at a rate much quicker than we currently are. To think there are so many theoretically habitable planets "near by" is exciting, now we just need to figure out the whole... "how do we get there?" issue.
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.