How to balance the promise and perils of drones

Singapore has done well in adopting emerging technologies to drive our economy. For the past three years, it topped the Economist Intelligence Unit's Asian Digital Transformation Index for well-developed digital infrastructure. To continue doing well in the future, it will have to adapt to and make the most of the next wave of disruptive technologies, such as artificial intelligence, robotics and drones.

Drone technology and its applications are growing rapidly. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) estimates that the global drone market will spike in the next two to three years, from US$2 billion (S$2.7 billion) this year to a whopping US$127 billion by 2020 commercially.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 28, 2018, with the headline 'How to balance the promise and perils of drones'. Print Edition | Subscribe