By Kevin Kim
The growing drone market has allowed certain companies, like GoPro, to revive their industry. Not only has the popularity of drones helped these companies, but drones have also penetrated domestic markets with products such as vacuums to help house-makers with their chores, and aerial camera devices to allow people like youtubers to film with better camera angles. However, this phenomenon raises an important question. Do the benefits outweigh the problems and issues the drones may cause? Although they help with time and quality, they also create dangers in wars and even domestic settings when they interfere with other aircrafts.
Drones were first introduced in war, so they were built with the capability to attack or spy. They protect American soldiers by entering high danger zones without risking any of our soldiers' lives and help survey certain areas. However, with this great technology, there are also risks. For example, they could be captured and used to attack American troops. Not only do they pose a risk to troops, but they may also create dangerous situations for local civilians who may be caught in drone attacks. Although they do protect the soldiers, they have an equal chance of being destructive.
Not only do they pose possible problems, but they also are nuisances to other aerial activity. These new drones have aided the film industry by providing film producers with a new way of setting a scene. It has opened new doors to film-making by providing new points of view. However, problems may arise in the filming areas. When filming near airports, many pilots find that the drones are potential hazards to planes and their passengers. Confusing drones as birds, pilots have complained about having to try and avoid crashing into them while in flight. Also, with possible collisions with the plane, drones may cause mechanical failure as it may collide with the turbines, engine, or the plane overall.
Some may argue that the drones make life easier to live, but the costs actually outweigh the benefits. From the evidence, we see the problems that comes with drones, like dangers on the war fields or at airports. What use are the benefits if they will just be overshadowed by the issues? Until the problems are addressed and fixed, drones should not be brought into the public, despite the help it may give to certain falling industries.
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