Are Sci-Fi writers indicators or thermostats of Society?

Whenever a technology moves too quickly, it frightens people, as we are seeing with drones and the scramble to promote/limit/impede their commercial use.  Unfortunately, some Luddites behind the laws might not see the positive future.

About a month ago, I had read a very sad post about the death of a 13-year-old girl involving a pair of Virginia Tech students.  There was almost nothing to take away from this read but sorrow, and my thoughts and ache go out to the parents.

But one line in that particular post caught my attention, where it claimed hundreds of Virginia Tech students became involved in the search, some using drones.  That is a game changer, where hundreds of drones can converge on an area in a fraction of the time to produce a multi-dimensional search array.  Add to that, social media and Amber alerting and you have the beginning of a very comprehensive and sophisticated search and recovery platform.

This got me thinking about what the future might look like.  Will there be nanny drones to watch over kids at playgrounds as they leave the house on their way to school, soccer practice, dance recital or sleep overs?   Will drones become deterrents if the sky is filled with eyes?   Will people have embedded RFID tags so guard drones can track them?  If you are interested in the financial aspect of this market, There are several top name companies exploring the use of drones and supporting drone technology.

We have all read articles suggesting the use of AED drones in cities to circumvent traffic jams and provide immediate assistance to the injured or disabled until a medical team can arrive on the scene.  The concept below addresses this idea on a much larger scale.

But because we are binary organisms playing out an unbroken plot of what is right and wrong, I can’t help but think there will be an equal number of drones and drone technology used against us.  It’s no wonder sci-fi writers continue to cast a dystopian future and why this genre continues to remain so popular.  Are sci-fi writers indicators or thermostats of society? That, I have yet to figure out.

“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.”- George Orwell

I realize my own sci-fi writings are a bit dark, but with a light at the end of the tunnel.

R.I.P.  Nicole Madison Lovell.  You were loved and I hope one day a future drone search and recovery platform will be named after you. (NicoleNet)

2 thoughts on “Are Sci-Fi writers indicators or thermostats of Society?

  1. I am a little skeptical of the Amazon delivery drones, and have been buzzed by a drone at night in a public park which was downright freaky, but the ambulance drone is right on target. I saw a concept drone at the last electronics show that was capable of carrying passengers, and it was limited by a short battery/flight time. Granted, it was a concept vehicle, but it seems to point to battery life as a bottleneck to real performance. Sure, would be a nice sight to see an ambulance drone swooping in to pick up an injured person.

  2. I also recently saw an environmentalist (freediver HD) use a drone to check our a tanker that split open off the coast of Taipei ( to inspect first hand the damage and chemicals that were leaking into the ocean. That kind of usage allows un-filtered reporting of what is really happening. I wonder how that would have played out in the Deepwater Horizon Rig disaster?

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