Let’s hear more about the Drone as an urban legend

Security Camera

Gizmodo has an article about drones in popular fiction.  I’d like to hear more about how the drone became the vehicle for our society’s deepest fears.  As a former drone unit leader, it doesn’t seem all that different from artillery or security cameras.  In fact, while I was in theater we had rocket artillery with a longer range than the drones my unit used and security towers with better cameras.  Unmanned aircraft are not nearly as capable as the people who are scared of them would have you believe.

I understand that new weapons generally scare people, but if we want to be scared of a horrible weapon that can truly alter society perhaps we could go back to worrying about nuclear weapons.  I guess it would be too much to think we do something that would promote nuclear disarmament and nuclear energy.

And if we want to worry about our civil liberties, we should be most concerned about cell phones.  I realize those don’t seem threatening because they are in our pockets right now, but if you’re reading this blog, you’re being monitored by half a dozen organizations–none of them are using a drone.  Chew on that one…

About Robert Morris
A robotics businessman working to make the economy more human.

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