Drones are set to become a much more common sight in the skies over the next few years. However, if the average MakeUseOf reader has anything to do with it, these drones won’t remain in the air for long, especially if they encroach on someone’s airspace.
It turns out most MakeUseOf readers are geeks with a penchant for guns and a distaste for drones. Which comes as something of a surprise, if we’re being honest.
Droves Of Downed Drones
We asked you, A Drone Hovers Over Your Property: What Would You Do?
A good number of you responded to the question, telling us exactly what you would do if you discovered a drone hovering over your property. Shockingly, one answer kept cropping up, with a clear majority of you stating in no uncertain terms that you’d shoot that sucker down.
I’ll be honest and admit this shocked me. But then I am a Brit, and guns aren’t anywhere near as common in the UK as they are in some other countries. So, it has to be assumed that the majority of people who responded to this question live in those countries. Naming no names.
This raises a number of interesting points that we hope you’ll discuss further with us in the comments below.
- Why are drones so closely associated with surveillance when they have so many other uses?
- Do we all now assume we’re being spied on at every moment of every day when the reality is probably very different?
- Who owns the airspace above your property? And do you have the legal right to shoot down a drone flying overhead?
- How is Amazon Air ever going to succeed when people’s first instinct is to assume the worst about a drone flying nearby?
This may be the first time ever that the responses — or at least one oft-repeated response — to a We Ask You asked more questioned than it provided answers. Which means this subject matter clearly needs to be revisited in the future.
On a personal level, I actually found the “Shoot it down!” mentality rather disheartening. Here is a technology that could change the world for the better over the next few decades, and yet the first instinct of many is to be wary of it to the point they would seek to destroy it.
Comment Of The Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Andrew Kelley, likefunbutnot, and Breaking Points. Comment Of The Week goes to David Strube, who wins a T-shirt chosen from those available through the catalog for this comment:
Have a little bit of fun with it.
First, have some object in your backyard that either looks perfectly normal (like a patio table, or a doghouse, or a large hole) or nefarious (dead body, pile of bloody tools, or nuclear warhead). Next, step outside casually, look around, enjoying the blue sky and then suddenly notice the drone and then quickly run inside. Run back out in a panic with a tarp and quickly cover the aforementioned object. Then look up at the drone and smile and wave as innocently as possible, as though they didn’t just see you cover up something very interesting.
Bonus points if the object is flat enough and you write in big letters on the tarp “I HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE :)”
We chose this comment because it was one of only a handful of positive comments made amidst a vast collection of negative responses. When almost everybody else was condoning reaching for their gun and blasting the drone out of the sky, this commenter chose to paint a picture of a fun, and very funny, scene. One which just about managed to keep me sane.
We Ask You is a weekly column in which you have your say about a particular subject. We ask you a question each week, with the results compiled and compressed into a follow-up article the following week. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.
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