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Using drones to carry out supplies and provide help.

I know this has probably been thought of before, but the question resides in when will it happen?
Its easy to see how far we've gone, just look at the video. Its amazing. I see drones such as these and the Parrot 2.0 and wonder why they arent putting them to use?
Sure, Amazon has their drone program to deliver goods, so does Pizza Hut in the UK, but when will the drones actually be used to carry medical supplies from base to base or villiage in Africa? When will they be used to find survivors in earthquakes and tsunamis?
I understand that certain things are too heavy to carry, but drones are capable of amazing things, and these are only the ones weve seen!

Im sure governments have programs to design drones, but basically for espionage (naturally). They SHOULD make a program to develop drones and technology to HELP people, to SAVE people. There are drones with WiFi, radio, 1080p cameras, and drones like these, but surely there is much more being made behind the curtain.
Other robots are being designed to help in situations such as the ones mentioned, but none have really been seen in action, though they have proved their capabilities.

I believe there must be a technological development program made by an organization with support by robotics, aviation and technological organizations to develop and provide drones to support people in need around the world.

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  • Dec 11 2013: Keith:
    Well evidently the problem is the government, and the problem is violence, and the problem is terrorism, and the problems are lies and conspiracies... end so on, all leading towards the government. But we cannot adress that problem, since that usually ends up being the root of all bad things happening in our world, from wars to global warming. And guess what: were far away from changing ANY government. Why? because they are in total control. They know, they see, they plan, they lie, theyre secretive, theyre a lot of things, except backing off. And yes, i know. Power to the people, we are the 99%, a government is nothing without its people, the ants outnumber the queen, etc. Thats a huge topic and i understand and thnks you for your participation, but this thread is for what technology can do now, even with the problems and barriers the government and other obstacles create.

    In regards to Jason:
    I totally agree with what you're saying, we just need proof. Where have you seen that they are used? any source? im sure many are in the works, but i dont see anything happening.
    Anyways that last sentence was true ad great. Sadly it reminds me of I, Robot by Asimov, but oh well, we are what we make. Hopefully we soon see these drones in action, because there is always a disaster somewhere.

    There should be a drone force specifically for certiain situatins and under controll of the UN or the UNICEF or something.

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