The term “drone” is probably a little too simplistic for these machines.  The dictionary definition of drone is a loafer, who does little work.  The military use of drones shatters that connotation because their purposes are much higher than the “Beetle Bailey” standard.

Drones were instrumental in pinpointing attacks to take out Al-quaeda leaders.  Also the recent terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya has brought drones to the forefront because they brought real-time pictures of the massacre to the White House.  That’s not exactly sitting back, is it?

A more proper explanation of this type of equipment is Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).  They are starting to gain traction by non-military groups such as police departments for search and rescue missions for example.  However, there is not widespread usage of UAS technology just yet.  Before drones become commonplace, a group plans to study the ethics of using these devices in certain situations.  Dr. Barry Milavetz at the University of North Dakota is the leader of a group that will explore the possibilities that these machines have and discover where potential abuses could arise.  Listen below to the interview on KSOO’s Viewpoint University.

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