The Potential of Drones in Agriculture

For many years, farming has been the fruit of manual labor. With the advancement of technology in everyday life, this may soon not be the case. Enter agricultural drones. Though drones are often associated with surveillance or warfare, these aerial devices can serve a variety of purposes. In an article in The Boston Globe, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International states that, “agriculture drones are expected to make up 80 percent of the future commercial market.” There is plenty of potential for drones in agriculture, but one aspect, that of Crop Surveillance and Aerial Imaging, stand out far more than others.… [Read more]

American Drone Addiction

Being against the usage of unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as “drones,” for any situation with no exceptions is, to be frank, idiotic and pointless.

UAVs are more precise than conventional weaponry at reducing civilian casualties. They also intrinsically prevent the loss of American military life in combat.

A MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle prepares to land after a mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.… [Read more]

We can deal with rockets and dreams, but reality…?

Musical genius and legend Curtis Mayfield once said:

“We’re all built up with progress, But sometimes I must confess, We can deal with rockets and dreams, But reality… what does it mean?[Read more]

Fear: The Motivating Force in Politics and Policy

“A little bit of fear is a good thing.” Those words were spoken to me by a relative just after he warned his 5-year old son of the dangers of stepping one foot into the woods behind the family home. The father, acting on his fear of the unknown, used that fear to control the behavior of his son by over-exaggerating the possible dangers of the suburban Connecticut forest.… [Read more]

Today’s WTF moment: US Selling Drones to Iraq

In one of this week’s top bad ideas, the U.S. is selling unarmed surveillance drones to Iraq. Let me list the reasons why this is something we should not do.

1. Drone use is ethically questionable to start with, and there isn’t much of a step, technologically-speaking, from surveillance drones to the ones used for warfare. … [Read more]