Technology Essay Example: Drone Technology – Good or Bad

Angle: The article of Nick Logan, “Drones: The Good, the bad and the ugly” presents three different angles of drone technology application in modern life. The most appropriate angle, in my opinion, is that drones are useful and their development will bring more benefits than drawbacks in the future.

Purpose and Thesis

Drones can be used in various ways. Most common use of drones, according to the common knowledge, is their military use (in warfare, for instance). However, drone technologies can be used for non-military purposes such as surveillance from air after natural and human-caused disasters, for example. Journalism can have additional angle of view at events, using drones. Rescuers can use mobile compact drones to be used in rescue missions. There are plenty of examples of how drone technology can be used for good purposes. I agree with the author because drones can be more useful than dangerous if used for the good of people.

Reader/Audience Profile

a. Readers’ Expectations: Most readers consider drones as some flying machine without a pilot, with camera somewhere and a missile attached to body. This is the common knowledge, shaped by the military application of drones as they were invented and designed first.

However, modern drones are very diverse in shapes and forms considering the area of their application. The article provides readers with the information of how drones can be used for good purposes, noting, however, that “bad” and “ugly” application of drones are also parts of their history and today.

b. Readers’ Values/Attitudes: Readers most probably believe that drones’ application is mostly military and thus, the attitude towards the topic is rather easy to predict – negative with some interest and fear to the technology that uses no man aboard. Readers should be ready to get new information regarding drone technology application and be open-minded regarding the areas drones are and can be used.

Context

As it has already been mentioned, drones have an image of war machines, bringing death anonymously, remotely controlled and having no soul or brains to assess the situation as a human can do. It is true that drones became widely used by military for various surveillance and strikes’ operations that caused deaths of civilians in different corners of the world.

Drones are used to kill the enemy targets as effectively as possible without involving their operators who can be thousands of miles away from their drones, ordering airstrikes and setting targets for their unmanned aircrafts. It is understandable that the military want to minimize losses among soldiers, and that is why they use drones instead. It is understandable that drones can be used to eliminate selected targets like terrorists or those who are proven to be linked with terrorists or terrorist activity.

Another context for drones’ use is domestic use for surveillance that creates certain political and social tension. However, there is a tendency to the increase of use of domestic drones. There are drones used by the law enforcement agencies in the U.S. They can be weaponized as non-lethal weapons like Tasers can be installed on them. They can be smaller than military drones and cheaper to produce.

They can be used for domestic surveillance, which has already caused an uproar in the world. The prospect of using drones in America is scary as it can finally destroy privacy of people, which is already severely violated. People will be constantly under surveillance of the Big Brother who will monitor their every movement and activity. However, the article is more focused on the positive image of drone technology application and the author is correct in this matter.

Personal Experiences

I did not have any personal experience with drone technology use. However, any modern toy with remote control that can fly can be used as drone – an attached camera will make such toy somewhat of a drone.

Summarize/paraphrase

a. Drone technology is neutral and its image is defined by the areas of its application (Heid, 2012; Mehta, 2013; Sale, 2013). Negative image of drones is created by their military use (Our Correspondent, 2013; Sale, 2013; Burnam-Fink, 2013; Bowden, 2013).

b. Civil society can use drones for its benefits (“Background and Context”, 2013; Columbia Law School, 2012).

Quoted Material

a. “The devices may also serve as a key tool for non-government and aid organizations in providing relief and assisting with recovery efforts following disasters” (Logan, 2013).

b. “UAVs may be perfect for getting a bird’s eye view of a disaster or conflict zone, but they’re also perfect for keeping an eye on people in ways traditional surveillance methods cannot, with or without official approval” (Logan, 2013).

References

Background and Context” (2013). Livingunderdrones.org. Retrieved from 2013 http://www.livingunderdrones.org/background-and-context/

Bowden, M. (2013). How the predator drone changed the character of war. Retrieved from http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/How-the-Predator-Drone-Changed-the-Character-of-War-228877721.htm

Burnam-Fink, M. (2013). Drone wars. Retrieved from http://www.aucegypt.edu/gapp/cairoreview/pages/articledetails.aspx?aid=168#

Columbia Law School (2012). The civilian impact of drones: Unexamined costs, unanswered questions. Retrieved from http://civiliansinconflict.org/uploads/files/publications/The_Civilian_Impact_of_Drones_w_cover.pdf

Graber, A. (2013). Drones: Deliver us from evil? Retrieved from http://secondnaturejournal.com/drones-deliver-us-from-evil/

Heid, R. E. (2012). Good drones, bad drones. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/good-drones-bad-drones/2012/08/09/7ce70422-e002-11e1-8d48-2b1243f34c85_story.html

Logan, N. (2013). Drones: The good, the bad and the ugly. Retrieved from http://globalnews.ca/news/1003851/drones-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/

Mehta, A. (2013). History Tuesday: The origin of the term drone. Retrieved from http://blogs.defensenews.com/intercepts/2013/05/the-origin-of-drone-and-why-it-should-be-ok-to-use/

Our Correspondent (2013). Drone strikes cast ‘negative impact’ on relationship with US: Pakistan. Retrieved from http://tribune.com.pk/story/583512/drone-strikes-cast-negative-impact-on-relationship-with-us-pakistan/

Sale, J. (2013). The secret history of drones. Retrieved from http://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2013/feb/10/secret-history-of-drones-1916

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