I first became intrigued with drones looking up at a brilliant blue sky on a freezing cold day. Was it a kid's toy up there? No, it was a signaling devise to alert protestors who were prepared to clash with police about the Dakota Access Pipeline at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, December 2016.
That drone was there to help. It did. Drones have been a hot topic for some time, ready to affect our everyday lives in many useful ways.
* Jeff Bezos, in a CBS "60 Minutes" interview said Amazon is testing drones to drop off packages under 5 pounds at your home in less than 30 minutes after receiving order.
* Dominos is delivering pizza in New Zealand.
* Farmers use drones to monitor crops, find where water is needed.
* Films, TV, even real estate agents get great shots from above.
* Humanitarian aid is enhanced when supplies are parachuted in.
* First responders get targeted information to save lives.
Recently, a drone was sent to rescue teen boys trapped in 10 ft waves lashing about in rough seas in Australia. The drone was launched to their location and a life raft dropped so the boys could get back safely.
These unmanned aerial vehicles are also being used to spot underwater predators such as sharks and jellyfish. They have 90 percent accuracy compared to 16 percent with the naked eye.
Enough said? Entire companies now exist to provide drones for commercial use. The potential is unlimited. How can your organization use drones for better results?
Life is good with these helpers. Or is it? According to Musk, Hawking, and 114 other specialists looking at the downside of drones, of AI in general, they wrote "We do not have long to act. Once this Pandora's box is opened, it will be hard to close."
Intrigued with so much doomsday reporting and the chills from watching the 7 minute film Slaughterbots (graphic and upsetting), I was fascinated with what Pascal Kaufmann has proposed. A neuroscientist and founder of Starmind, a company that is revolutionizing the fields of artificial intelligence and cognitive computing, Kaufmann is clear. He thinks we need to look in other directions and not give into fear.
Taking the success of Starmind in hand and looking into the future, Kaufmann talks about where we are heading and in his quiet way said, "We are not asking the right questions."
He continued. His answer interfaced with my own work about behavioral pattern repetition. "Using our established behavioral patterns, our outmoded strategies, that have been anchored in our brain for millenniums, we will face more and more difficulties as a society on our planet. We need to tap into people's heads and find the questions we are not yet asking."
Simply put, he said, "It's time to crack The Brain Code."
Initially it sounded like he was going to talk about a spy novel. I leaned forward as I listened. Instead he was a researcher talking about brain research. "Most of what has been done in the past 50 years has been about how neurons work. While neurons only make up about 10 percent of the brain, 90 percent of the brain consists of other cells whose function are unclear at best. What is exciting is that now, with all our technological achievement, we can now look at the brain from a better vantage point. And as important, we can unite the scientific community faster and more effectively.
Starmind has been successful in connecting smart people with other smart people to solve business problems. Now there is another project on the horizon.
Enter Mindfire. This is an organization offering a global invitation to join a revolution to become part of the new question askers. The core of Mindfire is to break down silos of thinking and unite great minds to unlock the underlying principles of human intelligence.
Whether you are an entrepreneur, educator, student, stay at home parent, philosopher, psychologist, whether you live off the grid or in a fancy home in a big city, you are welcome. What could be more exciting that helping to crack The Brain Code? This is where human intelligence sets out to trump fear.
We circled back to the drones. Pascal asked me what sounded like a Zen question. I give this to you to think about. "When drones can make decisions for themselves what type of legal status should they have?" I'd love to hear your thoughts.