A-I Powered Drones and Other Controversies

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Drones are amazing but that doesn’t mean they aren’t surrounded by controversy. Ever since the first drones were released on the market, there have been some decisions made that landed the drone industry in the proverbial hot seat.

In this article, we are going to show you some of the most known drone controversies over the years. If drones are a topic you have a passion for, you should visit this drone reviews site, where you can find all things drones, from selfie drones and DSLR drones to drones with the longest flight times and the best racing drones. Now, let’s see why drones can be so controversial.

  1. The AI-Powered Drone Controversy

Project Maven is one of the most controversial topics nowadays. In case you haven’t heard about it, the Department of Defense (DoD) is working on an artificial-intelligence pilot program by partnering with several tech companies, including Google. However, a scandal emerged when Google employees raised some AI-related ethical issues in this project.

While other tech companies haven’t complained about Project Maven, a dozen Google employees even resigned because of the project. Those workers were outraged that Google is offering the DoD the possibility to surveil and kill people with Google’s technology. This is a controversial issue since military surveillance shouldn’t involve tech companies. Also, some people are concerned that drones could rule the world after artificial intelligence becomes advanced enough.

2. Drone Registration

This is not as controversial as Project Maven, but it still has caused some problems. In 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration decided that it is mandatory for drone owners to register non-commercial drones. At first, the agency promised that the ones who registered their drone within the first 30 days after the announcement will receive back the $5 fee.

While the fee is not that substantial, the controversy was that most drone owners didn’t really understand why it was necessary to register their drones. In 2017, a federal court decided that FAA’s registration rules violated a 2012 congressional law.

3. Drone Geofencing

Geofencing is another problem that negatively affects drone users. First, geofencing is a software feature that puts a virtual barrier over restricted areas like airports and military bases. The barrier prompts the drones that there is a no-fly-zone ahead, which makes the drone turn around or give a signal to the owner. While not all drones come with this feature, in the future they will all have it.

While many users believe that geofencing is limiting their freedom to fly a drone wherever they want, other users believe that this is an amazing idea since manufacturers have the opportunity to use geofencing.

4. Commercial Drone Use

In 2015, the commercial drone use was outlawed for drone owners that did not have an exemption certificate. Congress was the one that asked the FAA to make some rules and regulations so that commercial drone use could be legal in the U.S. The FAA missed their first deadline which was established in 2015. First, this doesn’t allow the U.S. to grow and innovate the drone industry.

Second, others fear that the regulations will be too harsh and it will be almost impossible to have a drone for commercial use, even after the rules are implemented. Also, it is a good idea to legalize the commercial use of drones? This is why commercial drone use is still a controversial idea in the US.

5. Military Bases Can Shoot Down Drones

Another controversial problem surrounding the use of drones is the military bases can now shoot down drones that fly over them. Since many drones cost a lot of money, drone owners are not pleased with the news. The Pentagon approved military bases to shoot down drones. Both private and commercial drones can be shot down by the military base.

As you might expect, drone owners fear that their drones could be shot if they pass a military base by accident. Also, most people believe that all drones will be shot down, even if they lack a camera or a tracking system.

The list can go on with many other drone-related controversies. However, these ones are some of the most well-known scandals concerning the technology that happened over the last few years. Also, drone owners have a hard time at keeping up with all the rules and regulations.

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6 Responses to A-I Powered Drones and Other Controversies

  1. Glenn R. Geist Reply

    August 13, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    They are indeed amazing and it surprises me that something this stable and easy to control isn’t made in “man-sized” versions. But as I said to myself when that drone exploded in Venezuela, the only difference between a drone and a cruise missile is a stick of dynamite.

    For what it’s worth, there is no special shotgun ammunition that shoots a net to knock down drones. Obviously I’m not the only one concerned about weaponizing these things.

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      August 13, 2018 at 6:32 pm

      I’ve long wanted a drone but I’m terrible with joysticks. Ask anyone who has ever played a video game with me 🙂

      • Glenn R. Geist Reply

        August 14, 2018 at 9:48 am

        Oops, I meant to say there is NOW ammunition to shoot them down, which shows others have my concern with them.

  2. David Wren Reply

    August 13, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    I’ve a Bugs 3 drone, and I love it, having taken a bunch of great pictures from all locales. I only had one run in with a guy who objected to me flying my drone (I was in a park) because he said perverts like me are sick because the only reason we fly them is because we want to take pictures of naked kids. My buddy told him to move the fuck on or we would take a picture of him lying on the ground with a smashed jaw and a broken nose. That took care of that.

  3. Tall Stacey Reply

    August 13, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    There may not be a special net shooting shotgun shell to take down drones, but here in the country a couple loads of 12 gauge 3 inch magnums from my goose gun would probably do it. Or a .223.

    I’m a mile off the road on a private dirt lane, completely landlocked by other farms, surrounded by wooded fence lines, can’t be seen from anywhere public, few people know there is anything here. The only things to see are farm fields, buildings and equipment. The only drones flying here are doing property tax reevaluations – or casing my place for either unauthorized hunting, or a burglary.

    They send you a postcard when they are doing tax reevaluations.

    It seems to me if you want to fly over/take pictures of my land etc., someone’s land etc., you should get permission, just like any other trespasser. As far as I’m concerned, they are nothing but hi-tech peeping toms.

    • Glenn R. Geist Reply

      August 14, 2018 at 9:50 am

      Oh there is – that was a typo. There are 12 gauge shells that shoot nets to knock them down. But sure some #7 shot would do just fine.

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