The meeting with Andy Grove, former CEO of Intel, took place during a breakfast meeting with the foreign press I’d helped set up in the Hotel Okura in Tokyo. I was just getting started as a full-time tech writer and was putting out a weekly column called Computer Corner for the Japan Times. This must have been in the late 1980s.
Sales of drones—or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), as people in the industry like to call them—are soaring.
Forecasts by market annalists vary, but all are bullish. A 2015 estimate by the Teal Group in Fairfax, Virginia, has the value of global UAV production rising from $4 billion annually to $14 billion in 2025. Kick in R&D, procurement and software development and you are looking at a business ballooning towards $100 billion in accumulated revenues over the next decade.