Just as interest in recreational drones, and for the potential use of drones for commercial purposes, is growing by the day, news of a “Top Gun” movie sequel that will pit Tom Cruise against military drones is all the more generating excitement for UAVs.
Tom Cruise will compete against robotic drone pilots in the long-gestating sequel to Top Gun, according to Jerry Bruckheimer, the producer of the 1986 original. Bruckheimer said Top Gun 2 would update the world of aviation to reflect modern realities, with Cruise positioned as an old-school pilot fighting to prove that man will always triumph over machine. Read more:
Bruckheimer has said, “The concept is, basically: are the pilots obsolete because of drones? Cruise is going to show them that they’re not obsolete. They’re here to stay.” Cruise is intensifying the real life emotional impact of soldiers and others in this era feeling they can be replaced by drones with his lone fight against drones in the sequel to “Top Gun”. The original film’s director, Tony Scott, came up with this story prior to his death in 2012. Read the rest here
This film’s concept is a good point to ponder on, as we see how fast drone technology is advancing. Talks of how many more human tasks will be taken over by robots in the years to come can be both exhilarating and scary, and a film like this can help ground people to the fact that despite the awesome use of technology, such as drones tech to make life better and easier, the human enterprise is still best run by humans themselves, while technology is there in aid of it.
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