aerial drone

In the post-9/11 world maybe we don't quite want to make it easier for people who aren't pilots to fly planes, but researchers MIT (yes, even more MIT stuff) have built a system for controlling unmanned aerial vehicles using only spoken commands. Probably not going to make it into commercial jetliners (though it practically cries out for use in a flying car), but the US military, which has put a lot of money into aerial drones, is all over it.