Drones, This Winter Olympics — The Good, The Bad And The Safeguard

Welcome to the drone age. This is just the begining.

1. The celebration: Once upon a time, Disney world thrilled children and adults alike with firecrackers lighting up the sky. The explosion of firecrackers and lingering after-smoke reflect our Neanderthalic love. Now, we are going sustainable.

That sustainability was in full display at Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in Korea. Viewers world-wide watched the pre-recorded Intel digital fireworks with 1,218 sub-one-pound, intelligent fliers in the sky. [the last record was 500 drones]

These drones, equipped with LEDs, are programmed to follow intricate flight paths to form colorful shifting patterns with the night sky as backdrop. LED’s luminosity compared to conventional light is the icing for the art show.

2. The alert: With commercial drones technology taking off, there was security concerns on how to police the airways around the Olympic area.

Per Korean website, Pyeongchang Olympics anti-Terrorism and Safety team is in charge of the security. A tactical airplane, making its debut,will watch activities on the ground around the clock with a “hawk’s eye” from a height of 150 to 200 meters. The “hawk’s eye” is nothing but an army of drones with facial recognition technology that will scan every inch of the Olympic arena.

3.The combat: A no fly zone has been declared around the Olympic venues in Pyeongchang, Gangneung, and Jeongseon.

In case of rouge enteries, agents with shotguns to shoot the drones is the old fashioned back-up.

The modern solution is to catch drones with drones equipped with nets. Sample video is an interesting watch.

Bringing it all together

In studying drones as the impact humanity, the thought that I am left with — they are just like words.

Both can elevate our spirits with wonder. Both can harm us when used for that intent. Both are mankind’s making.

All that is in full display at Pyeongchang Winter Olympics -currently in action.

What are your thoughts on the future of drones and impact on humanity?

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Karthik Rajan

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