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Eyes in the Sky: Drones Coming to a City Near You

Drones may soon become common sights in the sky. They have the ability to open doors for new ways of doing business. But they also raise privacy concerns. Read Transcript


Reporter: THE WARS IN

IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN

INTRODUCED AMERICANS TO

DRONES, UNMANNED AIRCRAFT

CAPABLE OF MONITORING PEOPLE

AND PLACES FROM HIGH IN THE

SKY.

TODAY SOME 50 GOVERNMENT

AGENCIES USE DRONES IN THE

U.S.

IN 2015, COMMERCIAL USE WILL

BE AUTHORIZED.

SOME EXPERTS PREDICT 30,000

WILL FLY IN AMERICAN AIR

SPACE BY THE END OF THE

DECADE.

THIS DOES FEEL LIKE

SOMETHING OUT OF A SCIENCE

FICTION MODEL.

IT IS.

IT IS.

Reporter: MICHAEL

TESCANO IS PRESIDENT OF THE

ASSOCIATION FOR UNMANNED

VEHICLES INTERNATIONAL.

WHICH REPRESENTS MORE THAN

7500 DRONE ENTHUSIASTS IN

THE U.S. AND MORE THAN 50

COUNTRIES.

DRONES CAN BE AS SMALL AS A

HUMMINGBIRD, AND LARGER THAN

A JETLINER, OUTFITTED WITH

EVERYTHING FROM CAMERAS TO

INFRARED TECHNOLOGY TO

WEAPONS.

THIS TECHNOLOGY IS

LITERALLY AN EXTENSION OF

THE EYES, THE EARS, AND THE

HANDS OF A HUMAN BEING.

IF YOU CAN THINK OF ANY,

LIKE I SAY, DIRTY, DANGEROUS

OR DIFFICULT MISSION THAT

EXISTS, OR EVEN DULL ONES,

THESE SYSTEMS DO IT VERY,

VERY WELL.

Reporter: JOBS FOR

DRONES SEEM ENDLESS, FROM

CAPTURING 360-DEGREE IMAGES

OF REAL ESTATE, TO

MONITORING AND PRAYING

CROPS. SPRAYING CROPS.

AND PEOPLE POINT TO THE

MANHUNT OF THE BOSTON

MARATHON BOMBINGS OF HOW

DRONES CAN COVER SAFETY.

WHEN YOU'RE TRYING TO

COVER A SPORTS VEN NE VENUE

26 MILES LONG, YOU DON'T

HAVE THAT MANY POLICEMEN.

YOU NEED TO WATCH TO MAKE

SURE THAT NO ONE IS DOING

ANYTHING ILLEGAL OR

DANGEROUS, WOULD HAVE BEEN

VERY HELPFUL.

Reporter: THE ACLU AND

OTHER PRIVATE ADVOCACY UNITS

SAY IT COULD EVENTUALLY

ELIMINATE THE PRIVACY

AMERICANS ENJOY IN THEIR

MOVEMENTS AND ACTIVITIES.

AND THEY WARN OF

DISCRIMINATORY PROBLEMS.

AND IT'S NOT JUST LAW

ENFORCEMENT DRONES THAT HAVE

SOME PEOPLE FEELING

CONCERNED.

FOR LESS THAN $300, ANYONE

CAN BUY ONE, OUTFIT IT WITH

A CAMERA, CONTROLLABLE BY A

SMARTPHONE.

AND IT IS PRETTY EASY TO

MAKE YOUR OWN, USING A HOBBY

KIT.

THIS COULD HOVER OUTSIDE

YOUR WINDOW, OPERATING AS A

VIRTUAL PEEPING TOM, WITHOUT

YOU EVER REALIZING YOU'RE

BEING WATCHED.

THE WHAT IFs OF THE

TECHNOLOGY ARE PROMPTING

STATE GOVERNMENTS TO TAKE

ACTION.

39 STATES HAVE INTRODUCED

LAWS DEALING WITH DRONES.

TO A RESOLUTION COMMENDING

THE INDUSTRY.

YOU DON'T USE THE WORD

DRONE.

I DO NOT.

Reporter: WHY IS THAT?

MOST PEOPLE WHEN THEY

HEAR THE WORD DRONE, THEY

THINK, ONE, MILITARY, AND

THEY THINK HOSTILE, AND THEY

ALWAYS THINK WEAPONIZED.

Reporter: THE F.A.A.

FORBIDS DEPLOYING A WEAPON

FROM ANY AIRCRAFT, MANNED OR

UNMANNED.

BUT WHAT IF SOMEONE TRIES TO

TAKE ONE OVER.

ONE OF THE MAJOR ISSUES,

IT HAS TO BE TESTED TO MAKE

SURE THAT SOMEONE CAN'T

EITHER HACK INTO IT, OR TO

BE ABLE TO THE UNINTENDED

CONSEQUENCES OF HAVING

MULTIPLE SIGNALS BEING

PASSED THAT IT CAUSES

DISRUPTION.

Reporter: AND THEN

THERE ARE DISAGREEMENTS OVER

WHETHER THE FOURTH AMENDMENT

PROTECTS AMERICANS FROM

UNREASONABLE SEARCHES THAT

COULD COME FROM AN

UNSUSPECTED EYE IN THE SKY.

I HAVE A CONFIDENCE THAT

OUR JUDE JUDICIAL PROCESS

WILL WORK, AND IT WILL

SETTLE THAT GREY AREA IN THE

MIDDLE, AND WILL SETTLE IT

WITH SECURITY AND CIVIL

LIBERTIES.

Reporter: TIME WILL

JUDGE THE BENEFITS AND

RISKS, BUT THE TECHNOLOGY

ISN'T GOING BACK INTO ITS

BOX.

BY 2017, THE DRONE INDUSTRY

IS EXPECTED TO EMPLOY AT

LEAST 70,000 PEOPLE, WITH AN

ECONOMIC IMPACT OF NEARLY

$14 BILLION.

THE SKY IS THE LIMIT.

THE SKY IS THE LIMIT OF

WHAT YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SEE.

Reporter: JENNIFER

WISHON, CBN NEWS.

EMBED THIS VIDEO


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