Drones Defeating Terrorism!

The United States Military has been using drones to attack terrorists since the Obama administration. Obama came out and even tried to explain to the people what there used for and how they operate. Just to give some assurance to the people that think Drones are unjust to use. 487934.jpegIn fact I found this article, “10 Reasons the U.S should stop using drones in warfare.”

Why would the United States do that anyway? It gives us an advantage against any country that threatens us. It also forces humans to stay back and push an Unmanned aircraft into enemy territory to get surveillance or whatever. In the article one of the reasons mentions that these drone attack do not have a set target. That is FALSE. Senior officials of the Obama administration announced that these drone strikes are, Precise, Effective, and Closely Supervised. Yes there are some attacks that kill innocent lives, but people need to stop living behind the curtains because war brings innocent people to die unfortunately. Another successful drone attack that precisely killed 3 Al Qaeda leaders, which actually struck their moving vehicle. You can read more at “Most successful drone strike ever”. Now if drones didn’t have set targets how did this attack happen so precise? My guess is that it was locked on to the target so the chance of a miss is near impossible. Further research confirms that U.S. drones have killed an estimated 3,300 Al Qaeda, Taliban, and other Jihadist operatives during the Obama Administration. Don’t you think if we have the technology to fly unmanned aircrafts that we will be able to set a target for a missile? You’re absolutely right. PRESIDENT-1.jpgThe U.S. already has plenty of these types of weapons that can either lock onto a target or where you can give the weapon a set destination. All of this research concludes that Drone attacks do have set targets, but unfortunately some innocent lives are taken due to the fact of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. And for those people that are still unsure about set target drones, just read this Air Force invention. Drones are revolutionizing the term warfare. WWI and WWII were both bloody man-to-man combat wars along with air fights and tank battles. This day in age is the drone warfare or another way to look at it is distance warfare. Multiple countries are using this art of war now since the U.S. introduced it. These Drones are not only used to attack. “In 2014, the Navy successfully tested autonomous swarm boats, to protect the navy ships and to swarm offensively on hostile vehicles.” (Powers 2017)


Amazon Air Drone Delivery Service, Good or Bad idea…

Everyone is scared that one day robots will take over human jobs! well, I’m sorry to break the news to you but it’s here. Amazon is now testing their new Amazon Prime Air drone to deliver packages to people in the UK. this is going to replace a postman’s job and others like it. Before you know it, mailing anything could be all done by technology and no man power.

In the article,  “9 things you need to know about Amazon Prime Air drone delivery service”, it mentions that the customer would need a helipad in their garden. The problem with this is what if you don’t have a yard and you live in an apartment landing zonecomplex. Would this not apply to apartment/ condo owners? another reason why this wouldn’t work is, what if the person has a pet like a dog. the drone flying into their yard could potentially put their pets in danger and injury them unintentionally.

They also mention that deliveries would be tricky if the customer lives in a flat or tower block. This means anyone that lives in a city with telephone poles and other obstacles, it will be hard to fly the drone into their backyard. another issue that they forgot to address is if you live close or on a military base. In my opinion these drones would not be able to fly there due to restricted air space. This also leads me to believe that Washington DC would not be able to participate in this.

Amazon says that the drone will be able to detect pigeons and other birds but for some reason i don’t believe this at all. Most of the time birds fly in groups and i see a Lot of dronedrones coming into contact with these animals. This doesn’t leave out people that shoot them down for so called “prizes” since they are carrying packages.

One of their notable actions they said was that it’s going to be quick, very quick. That all depends on how far the drone has to fly and if it has enough battery to reach its destination. This also will vary on weather conditions. i can’t see any drone flying when its raining. that would not be practical.

Ultimately these so called “good aspects” of drone delivery have negative connotations and it seems that this article is trying to cover them up by giving you these outlandish ideas on how drone delivery is good.

Why Wednesday: Recreational drones are bad for the communities

DronecrashRecreational Drones:

Drones as recreational use could be the new #1 hobby of 2017. Drones swept the world when they were introduced around 2012 to the public. The CIA has been flying unmanned drones over Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 for security purposes, but now any American can purchase a drone and start a hobby. Fortunately, the government has been getting stricter about drone use among the public. They implemented a step by step process of owning a drone that entails you to register it with the government and pay a fee. In this article by CBS, they interviewed a woman, Zoe Stumbaugh, who had a medical condition that forced her to be bed ridden for 2 years. She loved to ride motorcycles and couldn’t do that as her hobby anymore so she decided to pick up drone racing.

Why Drone Racing could be a bad idea:

Even though this type of racing is new and everyone wants to join this new wave, there are some dangers that pose a threat to bystanders. In the article, Drone racing gets off the ground, it wants you to picture 12 drones racing through obstacles. To me that is a recipe for disaster. Having that many drones in one race, there will be an accident. It could cost people way too much money and time if their drone were to be crashed. These things are not cheap. How many crashes would it take for a drone racer to quit?  Nick Horbaczewski, the founder of DRL (drone racing League) stated,” if it crashes, it actually explodes into a thousand pieces.” This poses a threat to any wildlife or animal vs dronedomestic pets that roam the lands where these races take place. These animals could mistakenly ingest tiny pieces and cause harm to the environment. The animals have enough problems with humans ruining their habitat. They don’t need these drone racers making it even harder. This sport, as it is fun, can be very dangerous to its audience. The speed at which drones race is an excessive speed finding their way through obstacles to where even a professional drone racer could make a mistake and take someone out. If it were to hit someone, that bystander could get a concussion or seriously injured. Even the operator could get a hurt by the props or getting electrocuted. These drones steer through these obstacles at speeds that exceed 60 mph. that’s fast enough to knock someone out if hit in the head. While most people believe drones are fun and enjoyable, there are major dangers that people don’t even think about until it is too late.

To back up this perspective of how Drones are a disaster, here are 12 reasons why the FAA hates recreational use of drones found on techrepublic.com

To further defend our point of view on recreational drone use, here are a few major issues that pose a threat to society from recreational drones.drone crash

In an article from the New York Times, they mention the possible risks from private drone users, such as colliding with a plane and endangering passengers and pilots. The FAA reported 238 sightings by pilots that said drones were dangerously close to their aircraft.

In Conclusion there are some individuals that could operate these drones within the boundaries that could keep these toys on the streets, but everyone learns this at a young age. “It only takes one person to ruin it for everyone else.” That is what the cartels are doing and other people that are flying contraband over jail walls.  here is an article that will make you change your mind on recreational drones. click here to read full article, Drone carrying drugs over border.

Drones: Not Just Evolving Media

Drone technology was initially created to safely and discreetly gather information about an area, person, or thing by the CIA. These government drones can spy on any given target from far above sea level, usually untraceable to the human eye. With these practical features, drone technology naturally caught the media’s attention when introduced to the open market.

Figure 1: Civilian Drone

The emergence of civilian drones (figure 1) is quickly dismantling our traditional view of pen and paper journalism and turning it into a floating machine, quietly buzzing around its business. This evolution in news-gathering is occurring so rapidly, that any credible news media source has already fully implemented drone technology. What most technologies strive to achieve in years, drones did in matter of weeks, turning the media world upside down.

Today, media outlets not implementing drones to gather information are quickly written off as dinosaurs and left in the dust. Why would one stream rush hour traffic from a multi-million-dollar helicopter when you can toss a drone out of NBC’s window and do the same thing? The massive savings in cost and reduced liabilities aren’t the main reason why these companies are switching over (unheard of in the business world), in fact there are multiple reasons ahead of this. For starters, as mentioned before, if you don’t use drones you are a dinosaur. Period. The rest of the reasons all stem from the seemingly endless capabilities of drone technology to revolutionize the service being provided by the media. These journalists now have a new means to approach and cover a story, providing consumers with new angles (literally and figuratively) on the news as its occurring.

The New York Times was one of the first media groups to spearhead this approach, highlighting how drone technology is making this possible. Last October, they released a story on the Syrian Civil War’s destruction of Aleppo using a drone (figure 2). The drone’s footage documented the devastation in such a way that it produced feelings impossible to recreate by traditional journalism.

Figure 2: Aleppo Drone Shot

The footage evoked these strong emotions by showing us the sheer magnitude and volume of destruction that one could never document from the ground. Drones take the message traditional journalism complicates and serves it to you bluntly, enabling a raw, uncut understanding of the subject. To simplify, if The Times documented the destruction of Aleppo traditionally one would think, “Gosh darn, that city is destroyed” as opposed to, “Holy smokes, that whole city is literally destroyed” with the drone.

The key takeaway here is that drone technology greatly facilitates the interpretation of messages we are trying to send through the media. The point of human communication is to receive and interpret messages we send to each other, and drones greatly facilitate the interpretation of these messages. If this is true, then this isn’t just a media revolution but a

Figure 3: Humanitarian Drone

societal one as well. Imagine trying to explain to our privileged kids what it’s really like to be poor, to starve, to sleep on a floor, and to live in despair through a photograph? You can’t, but rather envision following a starving child going through his daily activities in real time with a drone? The enormous capability of drones to convey messages reduces the cultural boundaries between societies so that we can gain a better understanding of each other as humans. Isn’t this the greatest gift technology can give?