by Shayna Gersher, Ottawa Citizen
Drones, or “unmanned aircraft systems”, are flying data recording devices increasingly taking to Canadian skies. They come in various shapes and sizes, ranging from as large as commercial airliners to as small as birds and even insects. As diverse as their form is, the spectrum of possibility for drone uses is even greater.
There are drone applications in agriculture, search and rescue, 3D mapping, meteorology, and conservation research, to name only a few. While it’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of all the amazing possibilities this emerging technology represents, it is crucial to examine the ways in which it can harm society as well. Three recent examples within Canada are cause for some concern and public debate.
Alan is serial entrepreneur, active angel investor, and a drone enthusiast. He co-founded DRONELIFE.com to address the emerging commercial market for drones and drone technology. Prior to DRONELIFE.com, Alan co-founded Where.com, ThinkingScreen Media, and Nurse.com. Recently, Alan has co-founded Crowditz.com, a leader in Equity Crowdfunding Data, Analytics, and Insights. Alan can be reached at alan(at)dronelife.com