Drones are heading to Virginia

Drone deliveries in the U.S. approved by FAA

Alphabet’s (Google’s parent) Wing Aviaition division, a company that has been testing drone deliveries in Australia for over a year, has just been cleared by the FAA to deliver products via drone flights. First approvals are for Blacksburg and Christiansburg, VA, and flight paths must be away from airplanes, and must consider residents’ objections to the buzzing whine of drone traffic. TechCrunch

dis-rup-shun: Blacksburg is the home of Virginia Tech, and perhaps a great place to deliver pizzas by air. Drone delivery by the likes of Amazon, Google, Walmart and others could mean telling Alexa that you need something “and make it snappy,” or some other watch word, and the product is delivered by drone from a central warehouse 10 minutes later. Drones will likely be UPS brown or FedEx’s white, orange and blue, but regardless of brand, they will undoubtedly have to clear objections from utilities (power lines), naturalists (trees and birds), the FAA (planes, of course), and residents (noise and visual pollution). It’s a complicated business and likely best for rural areas where medications or specialty items are hard to come by. Much will be learned in Virginia.  

18 year old New Yorker sues Apple for $1 billion

Ousmane Bah, 18, of New York had a bad day when police arrested him for theft of over $1000 worth of merchandise from an Apple store in Boston. Bah was at his senior prom in Manhattan on the day that police claim he was captured on facial recognition software at an Apple store in Boston. He is suing for $1 billion. Bloomberg

dis-rup-shun: Despite police telling Ousmane that he was identified via facial recognition technology,  Apple has stated that they do not use the technology in stores. Bah’s $1 billion point is well taken, however. It is our assumption that technology will make our lives better — but we must not assume that technology is always right. Complete trust in technologies prevent us from steering our Tesla away from oncoming pedestrians, or piloting our 737 Max out of a nose dive, or realizing that a high school student attending his prom is not a criminal, and it will take large judgements, like the one Bah is asking for, to remind us to use our human judgement.

Teens lose interest in parties — blame it on social media

A book by Jean M. Twenge, PhD. provides evidence that current teenagers party less, and have less social interaction, than prior generations because they find what they want on social media, especially Snapchat. Statistics show an equal shift away from parties across ethnic lines, and show that homework time is constant or less. Wired

dis-rup-shun: What are the implications of a generation that is less socially developed than their predecessors? Perhaps they are less able to connect with new people and make friends, less able to negotiate salaries, less able to reach political consensus. Social clubs, country clubs, scouting, Y-Guides, fraternities and sororities will decline with the art of conversation. 2017 teen pregnancy rates are down 7% from the prior year — a direct correlation to party abstention.

While you’re not partying, read a book for free

Wired’s review of the best spring books to read highlights 25 all-time favorites. The review reminds readers that if you have a library card, which you can get for free, you can download books to your Kindle or e-reader, for free. By the way, you can also download videos for free. Wired

dis-rup-shun: Teens are partying less and experiencing life through Snapstories — who has time for books? Interestingly, according to Pew Research, public library attendance is fairly flat, with 50% of library attendees visiting the library to study. People must be tired of Snapchatting alone at home and go to the library to surf social media in the presence of real people.

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