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Over the past decade, there’s been an explosion in the public’s use of drones – everyday people with everyday tech doing interesting things. The near future is likely to see even more of these devices in the sky, flown by an ever-growing cast of social, political, and economic actors.
Rwanda and Kenya are using drones to assist police to help catch people who are violating COVID-19 lockdown regulations. This comes after some people have found routes where police don't set up roadblocks.
Ghana has enlisted the services of Silicon Valley drone company, Zipline, in its fight to stop the spread of COVID-19. Zipline first started working with the government of Ghana in 2019 for the delivery of medical supplies.
Researchers have compared delivery of medical lab samples using drones or motorcycles. Their discovery has been that drones are not as cost-effective as using motorcycles for medical deliveries in most cases.
A lack of legislation could leave African countries vulnerable to data abuse when it comes to the use of drones and Artificial Intelligence for development purposes. As such, researchers are being urged to consider ethical implications of AI tools before their deployment.
While there may be concerns that the effect of cargo drones could be adverse, experts remain optimistic as startup disruptions, major technological advancements and figures suggest a positive state-of-affairs.