Commercial UAVs are coming, but not in the privacy-invading, bad-guy chasing way you think. Instead, the first big market is likely to be agriculture, which offers the biggest economic potential with the lowest regulatory risk. Think of crop drones as the best way to bring Big Data to agriculture, allowing farmers to know more and spray less, increasing productivity and decreasing the chemical load in our food and environment.
Chris Anderson has served as editor in chief of WIRED since 2001. Under his leadership, the magazine has garnered nine National Magazine Awards and 19 additional nominations and has won the prestigious top prize for General Excellence three times. In 2010, AdWeek named WIRED the Magazine of the Decade. Anderson is the author of two New York Times best sellers, The Long Tail and Free: The Future of a Radical Price, both of which are based on influential articles published in WIRED. He is also a cofounder of 3D Robotics, an open source robotics company. Before joining WIRED, he was a business and technology editor at The Economist. He began his media career at the two premier science journals, Nature and Science. In 2007, Anderson was named to the Time 100, the news magazine’s annual list of the world’s most influential people.