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The New Weapon: Drones

The Washington Post shared an article on the new fear of drones. Drones are an incredible new technology that are beneficial in many ways commercially and privately. However, the Pentagon now fears drones as a weapon of attack.


Drones are the ideal robot defense attack that one day may exist as an army. Davenport writes, “instead of delivering packages, some have been configured to drop explosives. Instead of inspecting telecommunication towers, others train their cameras to monitor troops and pick targets.” Drones are a powerful tool, but we don’t immediately think of the consequences that could come when this piece of technology goes from a tool to a weapon. The Washington Post article wrote that the “Pentagon[’s] agency called the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO)” is focused on ways to defend ourselves from the drone epidemic in case a counter is necessary.


The JIDO is working to create lasers or other technologies that could destroy overhead drones. Other countries have begun to develop defenses of their own. France, for example, has trained birds of prey to attack drones. Much of the work that is being put towards these drones is in defense against a potential attack rather than efforts to increase the power of drone technology. According to The Washington Post, this is because drones are being used more commonly by terrorist, so defense is more appropriate.


Of course, drones have also shown to be problematic commercially. A few cases of drones landing on government property, prison property, and public property have risen concerns. Worry has also come from a reported case of a drone crashing into a small airplane.


While drones are a fantastic and very useful technology, they are also bringing forth several new threats and concerns. This isn’t new information though, since every new artificial intelligence we create brings new issues we haven’t had to face before.


Original article: “How the Pentagon is preparing for the coming drone wars”. Davenport, November 24, 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/how-the-pentagon-is-preparing-for-the-coming-drone-wars/2017/11/24/3e4ff736-cfd1-11e7-81bc-c55a220c8cbe_story.html?utm_term=.ef0106f1b8c3

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