Week 8; #EMPJ Drones Blog

When I think of drones, it is hard to not think of an ecommerce giant near my up and coming neighborhood. Maybe you have heard of Amazon. It may not have revolutionized the way drones are used today but it sure did bring more attention to the buzzing rigs.

Amazon’s struggle with the FAA to obtain rights to make human-less deliveries possible, seems like there is no simple solution around passing a regulation that exempts Amazon from falling under privacy laws. The facts are that when people operate technology there is always a place of concern for security and… power.

What if the drone was misused and captured a photo of someone’s environment that they wanted to keep private, either for their own well-being or for their children’s sake. However, when technology continues to evolve, ultimately removing human contact from the ‘working world’ as we currently know it,  eyebrows seem to always rise. Especially, when compiling such a gadget that is efficient, prompt and safe without human supervision. (Personally, more computer-operated daily needs will just aid in closing the gap with inevitable ‘human error’.)

But maybe there is a simple answer? Drones that aren’t equipped with cameras and have scanners built-in? Maybe this will lighten the scrutiny of capturing unwanted images, risking privacy legality, etc.? A scanner can properly track and update someone on a delivery as well as keep sufficient inventory records, just as well as a camera. Yes visuals are always nice and can stream live feeds like when resolving an issue, customer support can pin point a problem almost immediately. However, I think a compromise is necessary to establish trust of humans operating unattended computers before

Nonetheless, what does this have to do with journalism and its future on aerial drone spacial imagery? Well… nothing. I am going to be frank and admit I was just trying to pull a local tie with this week’s topic.

Well, maybe there is one connection…?! The FAA and the rest of the drone-connessuior. As Syracuse’s very own Skyworks, a collaborative group of sophisticated young ‘techies’ who are changing the misconception of the drone, ‘operator’ by educating qualified, drone-connessuiors to reassure campus regulators,  that good old fashion training is what will help build the trust of the FAA.

I feel that aerial/ spacial drone imagery is another unprecedented form of visual communication that just like other forms of content creating platforms also went through to get the acceptance that it has now.

If there weren’t people pushing the boundaries then regulators wouldn’t have a job. People wouldn’t see how the world looks through someone else’s eyes. I believe, understanding other human perspectives creates a more powerful grasp on one’s own life.

I find myself stepping back from my ‘own frame of reference’ a lot more often (as of late) to fully learn manerisims and gestures like never before. It is like I am living in the present and everything around me is real-time. I am standing still. Maybe to smell the lumber that is around me from new construction? Or to hear a swift whisp of the wind? But when I pause my mind for those few moments, I hear the most beautiful converstations exchanged among other humans passing by.

I find it so facisnating to learn that people are not speaking about things you would normally assume when walking to work or to the grocery store. And from these converesations I have my Notes App nearly full with documented enlightenment of conversations that sparked new views on everyday things around me that could one day fill a hole of communication that no one knew was there.

That is how I feel about drones and the perspective it can give to an audience. The views of a sporting event that is seamlessly produced with all the engaging angles to feel like you are there. Drones provide a special element that can make you appreciate stories on a whole new level that otherwise would be depicted and aired in a way that the storyteller wanted you to see it.

I think that aerial imagery and 3D objects will transform your vision and transport your mind into the immersive storytelly of journalism that humans have never experienced before. Not only are drones an embodiedment of a newly immersive way to look at the world but it is a gateway for exposing new  capabilites of colabirated technologies for a deeper immersion 0f storytelling to audiences everywhere.




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