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Technology editor Ben Potter brings you the latest in technology news, and how you can apply it to farming.
Just like any tool, drones can be used as a means to any number of benign or malignant ends. Some drones are weapons of war. Others are hobby plains for children. Every day sees new and inventive uses of this technology.
Take, for example, this drone that’s literally saving lives in Iran, by carrying lifesavers, bottled water or medical supplies to drowning victims. The drones could even deploy thermal cameras to find people stranded at sea quickly, even at night.
“This is the future of lifeguards,” says Amin Rigi, the director of RTS Ideas.
On the darker side of drones, consider the trick comedian Tom Mabe played last Halloween on unsuspecting people trying to enjoy a day at the park. Mabe “decorated” the drone as a ghoul and added shrieking sound effects that send his victims running.
Again, the technology is not good or bad – it’s all about how YOU use it.
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