DRONES - WILL THEY SAVE OR DESTROY US?

Drones - Will they save or destroy us? - Estúdio447 English Club - Workshop de Inglês

DRONES - WILL THEY SAVE OR DESTROY US?

INTRODUCTION
Drones are appearing everywhere! A technology for good - delivering medicine and rescuing earthquake victims but there is also a dark side to drones that spy on us and kill the innocent. In this workshop we are going to explore some of the most advanced drone technology out there today. We will see how there is an endless list of different applications for drones, from harmless toys to indiscriminate killing machines. Drones are quickly becoming big business! According to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration it is predicted that drones will spawn a $90 billion industry within a decade. [1] This ‘drone gold rush’ is the driving force behind so much of the rapid innovation we are witnessing today. But often when there are opportunities to make great profit, the ethical lines can become seriously blurred. Let’s learn about the drone revolution!
 

WHAT IS A DRONE?
An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. Essentially a drone is a flying robot. The flight of UAVs may be controlled either autonomously by on-board computers or by the remote control of a pilot on the ground or in another vehicle.


OTHER DRONE DEFINITIONS

  • to drone (verb) - to make a continuous low humming sound. E.g. "in the far distance a machine droned"
  • drone (noun) - a male bee in a colony of social bees, which does no work but can fertilize a queen.


DRONES FOR GOOD
In the past few years drones have exploded into the mainstream, getting faster, cheaper and a whole lot more more useful. The days when hobby drones are made in the bedrooms of engineering geeks are over! Well, actually it’s not. Geeks are still pioneering new drones in their bedrooms, but drones are now also being developed by highly professional and sophisticated teams around the world and for a diverse array of applications.

Farmers are using drones to monitor their crops with more precision, automatically applying the right amount of fertilizer and pesticides to each specific plant. Energy companies are using drones to monitor dangerous equipment such as electricity pylons. As well as saving time and costs, these drones are potentially saving lives when they replace the work of a human, who without the drone would have to climb into these hazardous places to inspect them up close. Emergency response teams are using drones to quickly map the extent of the damage caused by natural disasters and to locate survivors – yet another force for good


AMAZON DRONE DELIVERY SYSTEM
Amazon are developing a delivery system called ‘PrimeAir’ where drones will deliver the products you buy online. The drones will be able to track the location of the person it is delivering to by pulling data from their smartphone, meaning you won’t even have to wait until you get home to receive your order. The drones will even be able to talk to each other about weather and traffic conditions. [2]


*** THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF THE DRONES WORKSHOP! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO EXPERIENCE THIS CONVERSATION WORKSHOP IN FULL, WITH A GLASS OF WINE AND A FRIENDLY GROUP OF PEOPLE, THEN PLEASE CONTACT US TO FIND OUT HOW TO PARTICIPATE. 
 

The rest of this workshop will discuss...

  • THE FACEBOOK DRONES
  • TREE PLANTING DRONES
  • MATTERNET
  • DRONE PORN
  • DRONES FOR BAD
  • PRIVACY ISSUES
  • ANTI-DRONE GUN
  • DRONE SMUGGLERS
  • DRONE TERRORISTS
  • MILITARY DRONES
  • DRONE PILOTS PTSD
  • DRONE STRESS
  • EYE IN THE SKY
  • DRONES IN THE FUTURE

QUESTION

Do you feel positive about the future of drones?
Please let us know by leaving a response in the comment section below.

VOCABULARY

  • earthquake: (noun) [Portuguese: terremoto] - a sudden and violent shaking of the ground, sometimes causing great destruction, as a result of movements within the earth's crust or volcanic action.
  • blurred: (adjective) [Portuguese: turva] - unable to see or be seen clearly.
  • hazardous: (adjective) [Portuguese: perigoso] - risky; dangerous.
  • pylon: (noun) [Portuguese: pilone] - an upright structure that is used for support. “Electricity pylons can be very dangerous”.
  • thunderbolts: (noun) [Portuguese: raio] - a flash of lightning with a simultaneous crash of thunder.
  • tangible: (adjective) [Portuguese: tangível] - perceptible by touch.
  • murky: (adjective) [Portuguese: sombrio] – dark and gloomy, especially due to thick mist. "the sky was murky and a thin drizzle was falling"
  • peeping Tom: (noun) [Portuguese: Peeping Tom] - a person who gets sexual pleasure from secretly watching people undressing or engaging in sexual activity.
  • to stray: (verb) [Portuguese: vaguear]- move away aimlessly from a group or from the right course or place.
  • culprit: (noun) [Portuguese: culpado] - a person who is responsible for a crime or other misdeed.
  • shotgun: (noun) [Portuguese: espingarda] - a smoothbore gun for firing small shot at short range.
  • trigger-happy: (noun) [Portuguese: ferruginoso] - ready to react violently, especially by shooting, on the slightest provocation.
  • to jam: (verb) [Portuguese: obstruir] - become or make unable to move or work due to a part seizing or becoming stuck.
  • to overload: (verb) [Portuguese: sobrecarregar] - load with too great a burden or cargo.
  • whistleblower: (noun) [Portuguese: Denunciante] - a person who informs on a person or organization engaged in an illicit activity.
  • to wipe out: (verb) [Portuguese: destruir] – to destroy something completely.
  • crew: (noun) [Portuguese: tripulação] - a group of people who work on and operate a ship, boat, aircraft, spacecraft, or train.
  • surveillance: (noun) [Portuguese: vigilância] - close observation, especially of a suspected spy or criminal.
  • torment: (noun) [Portuguese: tormento] - severe physical or mental suffering.
  • to portray: (verb) [Portuguese: retratar] - depict (someone or something) in a work of art or literature.
  • a double edged sword: (expression) [Portuguese: uma faca de dois gumes] - a situation or course of action having both positive and negative effects.
  • safeguards: (noun) [Portuguese: salvaguardas] - a measure taken to protect someone or something or to prevent something undesirable.

VIDEO SOURCES

EXTRA SOURCES

REFERENCES

  1. Gent, Edd, (2015) “The Future of Drones: Uncertain, Promising and Pretty Awesome” Live Science
  2. (2015) “Amazon detail drone delivery plan” BBC
  3. Smith, Dave (2015) “Facebook is building a fleet of giant solar-powered drones” Business Insider
  4. (2015) “Drones that can plant trees” BBC
  5. Dillow, Clay (2015) “Meet Matternet, the drone delivery startup that’s actually delivering“ Fortune
  6. Raptopoulos, Andreas (2013) “No roads? There’s a drone for that” TED Talks
  7. Koebler, Jason (2014) “This drone shot porn is beautiful” Vice
  8. Szondy, David (2015) “Battelle’s DroneDefender anti-drone beam gun grounds UAVs”
  9. Laya, Patricia (2015) “Mexican Meth-Bearing Drone Crashes in Tijuana Parking Lot” Bloomberg
  10.  Hughes, Chris (2015) “ISIS planning to use toy helicopters as bombing drones fear security chiefs” Mirror
  11. Greenburg, Andy (2015) “A Second Snowden Has Leaked a Mother Lode of Drone Docs” WIRED
  12. Hawkes, Rebecca (2015) “Post-traumatic stress disorder is higher in drone operators” The Telegraph
  13. Chatterjee, Pratap (2015) “A chilling new post-traumatic stress disorder: Why drone pilots are quitting in record numbers” Salon
  14. Woods, Chris, (2012) “Drones causing mass trauma among civilians,’ major study finds” The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

 

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