Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, are a touchy subject, and rightly so. A technology that originated as a way to kill unspecific targets from the air has now become a civilian plaything. Yet, drones can be used for good. Like in patrolling wildlife reserves for poachers, in emergency rescue situations, and in crisis mapping. "Good drones," in fact, have become something of a hot cottage industry.
It’s not surprising then, that, picking up on one of the latest technology trends, the United Arab Emirates’ Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum would launch a "Drones for Good" competition, offering $1 million for the best positive drone design. The UAE will be taking international entries for drone ideas in categories like disaster relief, humanitarian aid, economic development until August.
But the competition’s website is unfortunate. (Just scroll through it.)
Could this be more tone-deaf? Maybe it’s not the best idea to advertise "drones for good" against a backdrop of angular, missile-like graphics that come raining down the page when you scroll. To read more about how drone strikes have affected human lives, head here.