Matternet creates unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can be used to ferry medicine and other goods to remote places such as rural villages in Africa. In such places, people often have to walk 20 miles to a clinic to receive treatments as simple as blood tests or pills. With Matternet, UAVs can carry the payloads instead from point to point or to automated ground stations. At some point the ground stations will be so plentiful that the UAVs could transfer items over long distances.
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A lot of people are immediately anti-UAV because of the horrible things it has been used for and the disconnect in warfare that is inherent to the technology. But, this idea is brilliant. The fact of the matter is that this technology isn’t going anywhere. Why don’t we hijack it to start doing some good in the world?
There is a very long list of noble causes that are far too dangerous/complicated/technical/remote for manned aircraft to undertake. Why not let our new flying robot helpers fill those gaps?