Drone state of the world (start of 2015)

First I want to thank everyone who has been supporting me in my startup life thus far. Although I’m unable to share more publicly for now, I thought it’s important for you to have a feel on the things we are potentially working on, and following “other people’s notes” about the drone industry. Enjoy!

‘Twas the year of the Drones. Did you get to fly one? by Bilal Zuberi

Unfortunately the way the media works is that people will get to hear more about Drone attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan, Drone mishaps by foolish people, Drone “delivery” by Taobao and Amazon, and even Drone kickstarters that promise to be available in the market but have not.

Drone regulation is not the problem, says 3D Robotics’ Chris Anderson (Q&A) http://venturebeat.com/2015/01/13/regulation-isnt-biggest-barrier-to-drone-industry-success-says-3d-robotics-chris-anderson-qa/

It’s also humbling for me to discover the high levels of cross disciplinary capabilities to grow and sustain a robotics business – one that put robots in the sky no less. In the past year, I’ve had to put together more knowledge from more fields than I’ve ever had to in the first 10 years of my career, and travel to far corners of South East Asia to find all the edge cases to strengthen our capabilities.

Delivering pizza, making films … now safety fears grow over use of drones http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/15/drones-safety-fears-grow-privacy-pizza-films

Finally, realise that the biggest threat at this stage is battling ignorance – both from the perspective of hobbyist who don’t put other people’s safety first, as well as consumers who falls into either end of the privacy spectrum – from those who vote to clamp down all flying machines to those who take this opportunity to look at what they aren’t supposed to.

This is also the first time I will be learning to communicate to the public carrying a C-level responsibility. In between self-censorship and being honest and transparent (which is the purpose of this blog originally), I’m confident that I will find the right balance. But when I fail, I hope you, my readers, will let me know in all honesty as well.

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