Retina Magazine: Drones, Pigeons

2021-01-29   |   by CusiGO

It has been said many times that visionary people are quite wrong about the future. They didn’t guess the coming of the Internet, but they predicted that we would take a spaceship across the galaxy and escape from robots with intent to kill.

A foreseeable future is the future of UAVs. From ancient times. Greek philosopher and mathematician arquitas de Taranto is believed to have built a wooden pigeon in 400 BC to fly through a compressed air or steam system. An unexposed painting at the Museo del Prado, by Salvator Rosa of Baroque Napolitano, shows the wise man throwing his gadgets into the air. Only later Roman historians knew about the invention, although contemporary engineers thought it was reasonable.

Aquitas was a smart man, the first to apply mathematics to the study of mechanics. It was not until after the first world war that pilotless aircraft became popular. A few years later, it was called UAV, which is called UAV in English. Although we will not see a large number of autonomous vehicles driving on our heads or at sea so far, the ongoing regulatory reforms in Spain and the European Union promise that they will soon be integrated into our daily landscape.

The drone revolution promises to reduce transportation costs, communicate inaccessible places, and even end traffic jams. On the contrary, it poses a great challenge to the security of citizens. It promotes an almost infallible tool to eliminate remote enemies, and threatens our deprived privacy with a dustbin that can photograph anything. An exciting and complex future, a dream of being born like a pigeon.