Drones Go Mainstream: Highlights from the “60 Minutes” Piece

 

A few weeks ago, “60 Minutes” dedicated an entire story titled Drones Over America highlighting the proliferation of drones in the civilian world. The juxtaposition of veteran Morley Safer (82)  interacting with a technology so virgin yet relevant made for quite an entertaining program. Overall it was an excellent showcase of the technologies growing capabilities, and true to 60 Minutes form, it featured proponents and opponents from both sides of the coin.

Below are some highlights:

  • Domestic drones are poised to become a multibillion dollar industry, revolutionizing everything from crop management to package delivery.
  • For the moment, their barely regulated
  • We’re looking at the future, and whether you like it or not, the future is looking back at us.
  • Sophisticated as they are, an idiot can fly one.
  • Guinn: “Man, I’m not really too sure what I’m going to take aerial photos or video of, but that thing is really cool, and I want one.”
  • Toscano: “We build drones for the 4 D’s: dirty, dangerous, difficult, and dull missions.”
  • The common denominator in the world of most drones is the camera.
  • Cummings: “Using a drone for pictures is no different than using high-powered binoculars or a telephoto lens.”
  • Feinstein: “When does it become stalking? When does it invade privacy?”
  • Cummings: “It’s revolutionizing the aerospace industry in a way not seen in 25 years.”
  • When will a drone be at your front door? Time and technology will wait for no one.
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