Automation has reached a new level in the past few years, especially when we look at drones in the US. Automated cars are traveling hundreds of thousands of miles without incident, and are poised to be introduced to select markets by the end of the decade. Unmanned aerial aircraft are being developed for commercial purposes. We’re just waiting on the FAA to regulate them, and that’s scheduled for 2015. Take a look at an Amazon warehouse a few years from now, and you’ll most likely see more machines than humans.

With so much automation being introduced, what do we even mean when we use the phrase “automated drones in the US”? It’s obvious that many of us fear these drones, but what does the future of automated drones really have in store for us?

Why do we only hear about drones?

When we hear about drones, it’s almost exclusively in the context of unmanned aerial vehicles. But what about everything else? Automation is expanding to every vehicle you can imagine. Aircraft are only the tip of the iceberg.

We have used these aircraft extensively during our conflicts in the Middle East, but did you know that we’ve got automated war machines roaming the ground? The technology has been growing for years, and these automated military robots can fire more accurately that we can. Most of these machines are currently controlled by remote, but the day when human drivers are no longer needed is on the horizon.

What will the future of drones in the US look like?

The age in which we live is absolutely crazy. We have unmanned aerial vehicles, automated cars, automated subsea robots, automated warehouses, and automated war machines on the ground. Drones in the US are on the rise. Shockingly, if you think this is where it ends–you’re mistaken.

The idea behind this technology is a simple one: Eliminate the need for a human component in our daily activities. We’ve developed a contact lens that can measure a diabetic’s blood glucose level. We’re already contemplating the implications of placing computer chips in the clothing we wear. Right now, we’re entering the age of smart wristbands and watches that can measure our vital signs.  This could be just a fad, but it certainly paves the way for the next generation of automation, vehicles aside. Nanotechnology is also making great strides, and this will likely lead to surgery without the need to cut open a patient.

In other words, drones in the US might be the least of your concerns if you’re worried about losing privacy. Security cameras? Don’t be silly. Cell phones? Nonsense. Drones in the sky? That’s today’s tech. In the future, you’ll be tracked through your own clothes or nanobots swimming in your blood.

One thing is for certain. If you’re living in the US, then you’d better get comfortable with living life beside our robotic counterparts. Their numbers are growing, and fast.

What do you think about drones in the US? Are they getting too invasive? Are we losing freedoms, or is this just another tech scare like all the rest? Let us know your thoughts, and don’t be afraid to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus!

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Jeff is a self-proclaimed pragmatic futurist; that is, he has high hopes for absurd life-altering technologies which sound too good to be true, and probably are. Although he writes on a variety of subjects, his real passion is for technological innovation and the people who make it happen. By day, he enjoys fuzzy bunnies, kittens, puppies, roller coasters and a sardonic written word or two. By night, he’s busy running MMR, replaying a random Final Fantasy game, or pretending to be Batman. He currently resides in Upstate NY.

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