Drones have been the subject of numerous stories and commentaries in the news recently. Everyone is concerned about the impact that these new technical marvels will have on society as we know it. Drones have been around for a long time; before the military labelled them drones, we called them RC aeroplanes. To be fair, they have evolved and improved over time, but enthusiasts were constructing their own drones while the military was developing spy drones or surveillance drones.
Hobbyists have turned their RC aeroplanes into "drones" that can be used for a variety of purposes. Hunting animals, taking photographs, and treating insects on crops are three of the greatest I've seen. All of these activities are really beneficial and effective when using an RC aeroplane.
Hunters have discovered that they can track wild animals by equipping an aeroplane with a scope, night goggles, and other hunting gear. This comes in handy while hunting deer or trying to track down herds of animals to figure out where they are. The technology is quiet, and while it can be irritating, like a mosquito, it isn't enough to scare animals away or make them wary.
Many experts have created a camera that can be attached to their work and used to further their goals. Google, for example, has utilised this technology to map a variety of places for its Google Maps programme. Surveyors, animal photographers, and weather and geological occurrences such as tornadoes and volcanoes have all used it. These are, in my opinion, good uses that can provide us with a wealth of knowledge while keeping people safe and out of harm's way.
It is significantly superior for a farmer to be able to install his pesticide or insecticide sprayer onto an RC aeroplane and spray his fields. Being able to treat his crops for a fraction of the cost will help him keep his costs down, which will benefit food prices. The environmental advantage is also positive. It's a triumph for the environment because the plane won't have to burn fuel and send pollution into the atmosphere.
Drones aren't perfect, but they do have a lot of advantages when you consider all of the fantastic things they can be used for. Consider all of the elderly people who find it difficult to get out for their meds. Perhaps one day pharmacies will be able to deliver drugs. What about fast food restaurants? Is pizza on the menu?
RC aeroplane hobbyists have the capacity to build some highly useful and entertaining "drones" with a little effort. However, like anything else that is excellent, it has the potential to be misused. It's important to be cautious, but don't overlook the positive aspects.