Frankly, severral of the posts about this article are more than a little silly; the scary word 'drone' makes a lot of otherwise sensible (or not) people drift off into night sweats; the 'community outrage' over a radio controlled helicopter with cameras on it run by the Seattle PD is a perfect example. As someone else pointed out, how exactly is it different in concept from a perfectly acceptable but infinitely more expensive (and capable) manned helicopter? Don't even get me started on the frankly silly suggestion that the noise from drones is impacting the health of Afghanis; even neglecting the fact that an F-16 is about 30dB louder than a Reaper, have you ever seen an Afghani celebrating by ripping off a clip from his AK using ear protection?
Right now today in America, TV shows are using RC camera copters to get overhead shots all the time; watch vitrually any show on HGTV and realize they aren't hiring boom trucks anymore. These are 'drones,' and if I'm sunbathing naked in my fenced back yard next door, someone might get a brutally unattactive view. Anyone want to ban that? Is the loss of privacy offset by the huge savings in carbon footprint versus the boom truck? Should we ban aircraft, which can do the same thing, but are mostly owned and operated by the evil 1%?
Technology marches on, and it is important to be aware of what it means, but the 'drone' genie is out of the bottle. We're going to have to learn to live with it.