We have visited this year’s Defence and Security Event in London and asked some of the industry insiders about the future of Unmanned Aerial Systems.
There are few technologies surrounded at the same time by such anticipation and controversy. They represent the first level in the evolution of autonomous killing machines, helping military forces in armed conflicts to wipe out their enemies without men having to pull the trigger and put their own lives at risk.
Some fear their stealthy presence above our heads could threaten our privacy – collecting sensitive information about us far more efficiently than Google Street View.
We think that some of these systems are quite cool – enabling surveying archaeological sites or power lines, spraying crops and searching for missing people far more cost-effectively than manned aircraft.
And what do you think about the UAVs?
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