Chris Anderson's Vision

Friday, February 15, 2013

Chris Anderson, former Editor of Wired and CEO of 3D Robotics (mojoevolution/flickr)

Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics and former editor of Wired, discusses his drone company and cross-border labor issues. Plus: a follow-up on 3D printing, which got a mention during President Obama's State of the Union speech this week.


Chris Anderson

Comments [20]

Is there any law against, or objection to, using paint-ball-gun-equipped-drones in a campus wide game of "Assassination"?

Feb. 15 2013 05:08 PM
Myra from Brooklyn

Given the general, somewhat hostile tenor of the calls and comments to what I found was a very informed and fascinating interview, I would suggest to Mr Anderson that he may want to think about jettisoning the name "drones," and calling his tools/toys/products, planes with brains instead. Might neutralize some of that angst out there in the initiated....

Feb. 15 2013 12:18 PM
Bettie from Brooklyn

Chen is so right. I's too bad none of the interviewers ever call them on this -I'm most surprised Brian let it go right by. We hear the refrain over and over again and it goes unchallenged. It's the same as hearing about jobs American's won't do. Perhaps it's not that they won't do them, but cannot afford to. In an ideal world, if one cannot fill a position the salary of that position would increase until it is met. Now, for industrialists, we have the third world instead.

Feb. 15 2013 12:10 PM

Who is this out of touch privileged male who says "at $1000 each everybody can buy them." My NYU masters degree educated husband just got laid off due to "restructuring" and we cannot even afford the ink for our printer so that our children can properly do their homework!!!!!!!!

Feb. 15 2013 12:01 PM
Peter H. from Brooklyn

Note to Brian & show producers: You should consider having as a future guest Alex Rivera-- director of Sleep Dealer, a sci-fi film about the future high-tech economy fo Tiajuana, in which drones play a big role. Rivera has also done several art projects using drones on the US/Mexico border.

Feb. 15 2013 12:01 PM
J.D. from dt Manhattan

3-D printer guns have famously been created.

Feb. 15 2013 11:58 AM

Wait! Isn't 3D printing the new "Friendster"??

Feb. 15 2013 11:57 AM
Chen from Manhattan

These guys always talk about not being able to find engineers here, unfortunately they never say they can't find them at a price they are willing to pay! Minimum wage.

Feb. 15 2013 11:55 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I want Werner Herzog to get a drone & fly it around that pillar in the Cave of Forgotten Dreams that he couldn't see the back of!

Feb. 15 2013 11:55 AM

Is it just me or does this guy sound like an enormous shyster??

Feb. 15 2013 11:55 AM
jon from brooklyn

How much are workers at Tijuana shops paid---and how many of the women who have low level positions at such places are likely to die in their shadows? The human cost of manufacturing these drones (as virtually all manufacturing in Northern Mexico has proven to be) must be tremendously high. I'm horrified by how uncritical of technology and globalization is Chris Anderson, a "journalist" on the subject.

Feb. 15 2013 11:54 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Isn't the "talent problem" mythic?

Feb. 15 2013 11:52 AM
John A

Much as I hate MIL drones with guns, these are pretty harmless, except possibly as very slow RPG's (just a PG).

Feb. 15 2013 11:52 AM
Mick from Inwood

Will his drones will be airplane type or the newer multi-roter helicopter type? Nova did a story about the use of "DIY drones" to spy on celebrities or their neighbors by mounting a camera on a RD helicopter?

Feb. 15 2013 11:50 AM
Cynthia from East Harlem

Funny - someone was talking to some fashion designers last week about being able to work in smaller amounts so thus local industry winds up being better for smaller entrepreneurs - so everything need not go to the East Asia or Asia region - could be promising

Feb. 15 2013 11:49 AM
J.D. from dt Manhattan

Mini-drones in conjunction with cell phone GPS are gonna be programmed by CIA-run #NYPD, et al. to track every step, video every action, record every word, perhaps even assassinate US citizens. We are frogs hopping about in the stovepot soon to boil ...

Feb. 15 2013 11:47 AM
John from Washington Heights

How long can these go-pro drones that can follow a windsurfer around stay airborne before they run out of energy? Are they gas or battery operated?

Feb. 15 2013 11:47 AM
Ken from Bronx

Now I know why the Founders gave us the Second Amendment. I will need a gun to shoot down any Personal Drone that I find hovering over my backyard, observing my swimming pool.

Lock and load!

Feb. 15 2013 11:45 AM
fuva from harlemworld

OK, "not weaponized", but how won't these KILL privacy?

Feb. 15 2013 11:45 AM
Mick from Inwood

How is a "DIY drone" different from a sophisticated, radio-controlled model airplane like you might read about in Model Airplane News magazine and buy kits for in hobby shops or hobby web vendors?

Feb. 15 2013 11:43 AM

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