How Dumb Are Drones?
By Lauren S. Aguirre
For many, the word “drone” summons images of innocent civilians killed
in wars conducted from thousands of miles away and raises concerns about
invasions of privacy. For others, a drone is simply a next-generation
military weapon that saves both lives and money. And for still others,
drones are a fascinating backyard hobby for adults and children alike.
But no matter what you think about them, drones are here to stay. The
Air Force predicts that within a decade nearly 30 percent of its attack
and fighter planes will be drones. It’s not just the military that sees
their potential, either. Drones are being used for humanitarian purposes
such as search and rescue missions, environmental conservation, and
forest fire detection.
January 17, 2013 NOVA
Note: NOVA Rise of the Drones show can be found online. Do a search. Key words: Nova, Drones.