I just wanted to make a thread for everyone to share their views on current developments that they think will have a major impact on the near future. I’ll start with the X-47B Unmanned combat drone. I think this completely autonomous aircraft will really change things. It will reduce the number of trained pilots and even ground most of them. Over all this will enable any military that has something like this to pretty much dominate the reachable air space by virtue of production capabilities. I mean staying aloft for 5-7 days!!! Omg! Talk about big brother... But even though this is made for military, I can see a lot of this technology transferred over to stuff like air shipping and first, then passenger transport. I mean, if it can land on a carrier by itself better than a human and all… But I know at first ppl won’t trust it so you would like have to have at least “standby pilot backup” initially. But really, all it takes is a couple of mouse clicks from a freight coordinator dude or whatever and it’s off on its own!