Readers — This story is so strange, it’s almost like watching a sci-fi army come marching out of the TV. (Does anyone remember TV? It’s like a computer, but you can’t ask it questions.) Anyway, the piece is by a dad named Paul Wallich who begins this way:
On school-day mornings, I walk my grade-school-age son 400 meters down the hill to the bus stop. Last winter, I fantasized about sitting at my computer while a camera-equipped drone followed him overhead.
So this year, I set out to build one.
The dad then details all the tinkering involved (paging NASA!) to make this fantasy a reality. BUT he never bothers to stop and ask the first question you ask before you build anything: Why bother?
The boy goes 400 meters. I already HAVE an invention that would keep him safe while Dad stays inside, warm and dry. It’s called TRUST. Trust your son, your neighborhood and your own parenting — as in teaching the boy to not go off with anyone but the bus — and you’re ready for anything. More important: So’s the boy!
I really doubt the guy intends to use his drone for child safety. It does sound like a hobby. But if in three years’ time the air each weekday morning is thick with child-hovering gyrocopters, well…you read it here second. – Â L.
Look! Up above! It’s a helicopter! It’s a parent! It’s a child drone! (Photo by Paul Wallich)