Drone technicians are never going to become fighter jet pilots. Just because they can take off and land, do aerial surveillance and fire a missile doesn’t mean they are capable of becoming jet pilots. The whole point is that, given the right tools, the drone technician doesn’t ever have to become a pilot in order to achieve a significant sub-set of the functionality required by an experienced pilot.
Interestingly enough, jet pilots are unlikely to become drone technicians either – the air force has found they have much better success when they take someone “off the street” and train them to pilot drones. Which makes sense – the technicians want as much done for them as possible, while the jet pilots are used to having complete control. It’s not easy to make the switch. That’s why a Java programmer is unlikely to start building a smart process-driven application.
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