(tl;dr: The coming changes to Drones, T1 drops, and bots are good for carebears - period.)
I know from my own experience that many of the pew-pew players just don't understand what motivates a Carebear. Fortunately I understand them... mostly. Hopefully I can explain carebearing in a way they'll understand.
In the pew-pew world, a kill is an affirmation of worth. Kill-mails are the proof of that worth. With kill-mails come all sorts of public statistics that define the capability of the pew-pew pilot. How many times have you read a Kill-of-the-Week post by one blogger or another and applauded the pilot? I know I do all the time. Pew-pew pilots' psyche, I believe, are primed to need such public reinforcing. That is not a bad thing. We all want positive reinforcement of our self-worth. That is the nature of being human. I would never have it otherwise. In fact, many of the most interesting things going on in New Eden at this very moment are driven by this need. I think you all know of what I speak so I won't belabor those details. There are many other bloggers who have happily covered it in great detail - and I say that in both meanings of the word great.
A carebear though does not need that sort of external indication of our worth. Our sense of self is highly internalized. Our private bank balance is one indicator of our worth but is usually only known to us. Another is the less tangible idea that the things we make are used throughout New Eden. Our efforts are reflected in the world itself. Our hard work is seen in everything around us. When I undock and see another ship, I know that I am at least partially responsible for making that other ship possible. It is the source of carebear pride if you would. Me and my ilk build those ships. We also manufacture the modules, the weapons, the ammunition. We mine the raw materials from which everything in New Eden is made... or do we?
Hasn't that been the problem for a long time? In 4 years there has only been one expansion that bolstered my carebear feeling of self-worth. PI gave us one more reason to be proud. To feel like we contribute to our chosen society in a meaningful way. Every other expansion has catered to the pew-pew need for more things to blow up; to more public cries of, "see how valuable I am!"
To make matters worse, many of the things done to bolster pew-pew had the unintended consequence of reducing the worth of what carebears value. Rogue Drones are just one incident of several. Meta 0 Tech 1 drops have long been worth more in minerals than market value. "Mining with guns" as I read recently supplanted true mining long ago. I myself gave up on mining last year. Here is what I told Ophilia IV about it in my reply,
"It's a better use of my time turning 1MN MWDs into resources than mining in hi-sec right now. They cost less than their resources' value. I sell what I need to break even and keep the remainder. What's better yet, I don't have to spend hours drifting in a belt. Buy orders are automatic. That's terrible in more ways than I can count but it is efficient and frees me up to do other things."Those "other things" I mentioned are the activities that bolster my own sense of self-worth. It's mostly taken the form of PI. I've also restarted my Helios production line. But recycling, though profitable, was never very fulfilling. It only served to increase my Helios production margins, which were thin to begin with. But all in all, it was better than spending hours mining for little or no gain.
And to make a bad situation worse, there are the bots. They cheapen everything a carebear cares about. In my early days I spent a lot of time in asteroid belts. Even as a noob, I could tell many of the ships in the belts of Cistuveart were bots. You know the ones, those Iteron V transports that seemed to just drift around all the time. Bots have always been "illegal." However, I came to believe that CCP would rather take the monthly subscription than enforce their own EULA and make my gaming better for it. I cannot express the joy I feel at being proven wrong on that score.
In conclusion (and finally,) I look forward to the coming changes with great anticipation. The higher prices are just another variable in the the economic equation of profitability. Any industrialist worthy of the designation can handle cost swings. It's margin that matters and passing costs on is a part of business. The markets will bare it. These changes will be good for New Eden as a whole. It'll hopefully put the mining back into Mabrick Mining and Manufacturing. Reward for my hard work is all I ever wanted.