When somebody mentions drones, there is a mixed reaction. Some people think about technical possibilities, while others start fearing about the future of humanity and drones used to kill people. In reality, there is nothing black and white, so drones also come into this grey zone. However, there are a few interesting facts that we think you want to know so keep reading.
First-ever drones used to kill terrorists.
Just before 9/11, The U.S Air Force built the world’s first drone as we know it. However, it was not quite ready for deployment back then, so soldiers had to wait for a little until the drone was made ready for operational use. It was called The Predator and it was meant to target Osama Bin Laden himself. But, as we know it, the first victim of the drone was not Osama. It was one of his commanders at Al Qaeda Muhammed Atel in 2001.
Nobody knows for sure what a drone is.
Some people call drones UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) while other people, feeling that drones are actually manned, but from a distance are calling them RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems). The fight between two definitions does not seem to stop soon.
U.S. Air Force has a lot of people processing footage collected by drones
It is estimated that about 70,000 people are currently working on analyzing the behavior of the terrorists in Afghanistan by looking at the footage taken by drones. Of course, that is not enough, as U.S.A.F would like to have up to 100,000 people on it. No matter what one might say, the military really needs some fancy Artificial Intelligence algorithms to be able to fight terrorism more effectively.
The military keeps interested in drones that are able to shoot.
But spying on your enemies from above is only effective to a certain point. The military understands that and is funding a lot of research into combat drones that are able not only of spying but also shooting. So, maybe in the not so far future wars will be fought by machines and drones used to kill people and other machines while all of the soldiers will be hiding in a bunker and controlling their drones.
Drones used to deliver goods
A few years ago Amazon tried to start using drones for the extremely fast delivery of the goods. However, there was some opposition to this idea as people started shooting down bypassing drones to try to recover some goods, or just for fun. Amazon has halted its drone service for a period of time and recently has started once more. This time, they have some protection.
Police use drones to collect evidence
FBI and Police both started using drones for tracking of suspects and/or collection of the evidence. But do not worry just yet even if you are a criminal. This evidence collected by using drones might be in good quality, but it is in most cases worthless, as there frequently are some warrant issues regarding this method of collection that deny its validity in court.
Photographers use drones to take aerial footage
Well, the heading speaks for itself. The more interesting is the method photographers used before the dawn of drones. They used to strap a camera to a kite, set a timer, rise the kite and hope to not completely destroy the camera upon the landing of the kite. As you can imagine there were a lot of technical difficulties that drones helped to solve
Drones are killing machines
We all had this crazy fantasy at least once where autonomous drones used to kill people… Well, that might be not only the fantasy, as the FBI has stated that drone induced death toll so far is about 4760 people, of which there were many children.
A guy crashed his drone into White House once
On January 26th, 2015, one crazy dude crashed his drone into the lawn of the White House. Naturally, the pilot faced charges as serious as a murder attempt by the President of the United States. However, warm-hearted Barack Obama understood that this was just an accident by the inexperienced pilot and decided not to pursue any legal action against him.
Hawks are natural drone hunters.
This may be hard to believe, but for some reason, hawks are extremely attracted to drones. Since drone usually stays relatively stationary in the air, big birds seem it like easy prey. However, a collision usually ends badly for both of them.
So, whether you like it or not, drones are here to stay for quite a while. So at least try to use it to humanity’s advantage.