One of the fastest advancing technologies on the market, drones, are quickly making a name for themselves as well as separating away from the military and getting into domestic use. A drone by definition is an unmanned aircraft invented to go where humans cannot. One of the first recorded uses of drones was by Austrians in 1849 who flew pilotless hot air balloons with bombs attached over the city of Venice. Since then these instruments have evolved into specialized planes or aircraft vehicles used for military strikes or surveillance. They have had significant roles in many wars, most importantly over the Middle East.
Recently the purpose and focus of drones have taken a different turn. With a rise in technology and interest, many companies have harnessed the power of drones for personal and commercial use. While some are participating in this movement for fun, others have joined this industry looking to turn a profit. Amazon has announced that in the near future they will be launching, “Amazon Prime Air” a completely drone based delivery service that promises delivery in 30 minutes. With all these new eyes in the sky come many issues involving privacy and air traffic regulation.
Our narratives will focus on the different roles drones are playing in our society. Specifically the potential commercial use of drones versus the FAA concerns and the public perception of them. Another narrative will focus on the domestic use of drones and the battle to regulate them. As well as it being a possible infringement in our fourth Amendment rights.