“We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still…” – Carl Sagan, Cosmos
Granted, it’s nowhere near the same thing from actually traveling, but then it’s the closest thing thus far. In some cases the drones provide footage you wouldn’t normally be able to see in person, such as a volcano eruption on Tanna island of Vanuatu! Which then raises an amazing prospect for the future of travel: drone-based or avatar-based tele-traveling!
While the current method of TravelByDrone’s means of traveling is sorely inadequate in comparison to the real thing, the opportunities which may arise from this method are worth the wait. Serious Wonder wasn’t able to get in contact with Mr. Hiersemenzel, but one can imagine how drone flight could be used for more interactive traveling.
Soon we’ll be using drones in real-time to travel vast distances throughout the globe from the comfort of your home. In the coming decades we’ll be using avatars to sync up with and actually walk, bike, etc. in lands you wouldn’t normally have reached without risking your own life. Thanks to asteroid mining company Planetary Resources and their Planetary Community Vanguard, by next year they’ll be launching their ARKYD 100 space telescope into orbit, in which will be accessible from your own smartphone, tablet, or TV to control and use for research or mere fun – the beginning of open-source space exploration!
“…We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.” – Carl Sagan, Cosmos
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