Each week GeoDataPoint finds a selection of good reads related to hot topics in the geospatial community. Since AUVSI's annual conference was just last week, this week's roundup is all about drones. A fascinating piece in The Atlantic complete with video profiles "drone art" with a Japanese dance troupe known for incorporating advanced technologies into their performances; a Wall Street Journal blogger tells us the benefits of investing in the "drone revolution;" and the Houston Chronicle discusses how energy companies are improving safety conditions using drones.
When Drones Are Dancers: "It's not just the stake-holders in the drone-industrial complex who have been working to expand our sense of what flying robots can do. Artists, too, have been experimenting with broader takes on drones unmanned aerial systems. The Japanese dance troupe Eleven Play—known for incorporating advanced technologies into their performances—has been including drones as dancers. The effects of which are, as Hyperallergic points out, "mesmerizing and eerie.""
Why You Should Invest in the Drone Revolution: "Drones, as I’ve found out since I recently started writing about the “Drone Revolution,” are most often associated with the military. When people hear the word, “drone,” they often think of stealthy, high-tech unmanned aircraft running missions and firing missiles in remote areas of the world."
Drones give energy companies high hopes for safer work: "In the Alaskan tundra, inspecting a pipeline isn't easy. Most pipelines don't follow what few roads are there, so trucks often aren't an option. And using low-flying airplanes can be unsafe to pilots in snowy, windy weather."