Why are drones controversial?

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Two distinct areas of controversy arise with the introduction of this new technology.  First, the question of privacy (a virtually nonexistent state these days):  is it OK for everyone to be able to look in on our private lives and personal spaces?  Second, at what point do drones either fall under aeronautical rules or are they exempt always?  Cases of close calls between drones and commercial airplanes underline this dilemma.  All new technologies bring new social problems with them, so society must once again arbitrate the limitations and freedoms of drones. 

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thewanderlust878 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 3) Salutatorian

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The debate as to whether or not drones should be used in the United States has been a topic that has been argued over for just a few years. In comparison to many other historical and even legal debates, controversy over drones is very, very new. It's still hard to believe that technology has come so far that there is a possibility that companies such as Amazon can "fly" your packages to your doorstep by drone. It's very fascinating, but also scary. 

Which is where the debate comes in. While most people believe that drone usage is unfathomable, while at the same time it would make ordering things online and other tasks much easier. And in today's day and age, it's all about efficiency and saving time. On the other hand,  most anyone who has heard about the possibility of drones flying around has had the thought of having a lack of privacy, or even the annoyance of seeing them fly around on a day to day basis. The biggest fear people have is the worry of being spied on by the government, companies, or even neighbors, stalkers, etc, should the drones become available for regular citizens to own. That is why drones are quite controversial at this moment in time. 

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