“Before you become too entranced with gorgeous gadgets and mesmerizing video displays, let me remind you that information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not foresight. Each grows out of the other, and we need them all.” – Arthur C. Clarke
Drones have been in the headlines quite a bit as of late. Whether it be their use overseas for tactical warfare or here at home by police forces and corporations, one thing is clear: they are here to stay.
Even though it’s the year 2014, I consistently see views put forth by people from both sides of the aisle that clearly indicate their thinking is stuck in the 20th (if not 12th) century.
I have absolutely no problem with the use of drones. Instead of a pilot being shot down, it’s only a machine. Many feel that they may lead to a loss of privacy, but they also add another layer of security. And although the use of drones has led to the loss of civilian life in places such as Yemen and Afghanistan, it is still much less of an impact compared to the millions of deaths due to the firebombings of World War II or use of napalm during the Viet Nam war.
No. I have no fear of drones. For they’re simply a tool. The big concern should not be the technology, but who is in control of it. Something to keep in mind the next time you’re casting a ballot. (And yeah…if you don’t vote, you have no right to complain about anything.)
Here’s a fascinating and exceptionally well-crafted video by Alex Cornell giving a glimpse of what our future most likely holds.
Some may think,”They’re violating our privacy!” and they may have a point. However, at the conclusion of the video, it’s a machine that takes the bullets. Not a human being with a family waiting for them at home.
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