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I feel like I have to talk about the fear that people have of drones. The US Military were the first military to use them and the first to use them as weapons. The weaponizing of drones have had a bad effect on public relations. Drone fear is real and heavy. Farea al-Muslimi spoke to the US Senate on this fear in an article by Spencer Ackman of Wired Magazine. They are hard to detect in the sky and they can strike when you least expect it. This fear was not unique in aviation history. Helicopters caused a similar fear, but that fear was about being monitored not killed. Could this fear hamper any attempts at commercializing drones?
Drones are here, and they are here to stay. What we do with them is going to be up to us. What laws will restrict their uses in the future? What will we tolerate? What benefits could they have to our everyday life? These things are merely tools. ICBMs are weapons of mass destruction and instilled fear in common man in the Cold War. Now companies like Orbital Sciences use them to launch satellites into orbit. Like missiles, Drones can find an acceptable role in society. You decide.