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Morton Bast

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Which application of drones excites or terrifies you the most?

We're dedicating this week on TED.com to the buzz about autonomous drones, with their tremendous power to assist us and their entirely lethal power to harm us.

Throughout Drone Week, we're hoping to give a nuanced picture of the current state of intelligent machines. Looking to experts in the field for their hopes and fears, as well as their hard data, we're taking a look at what the future may bring.

We're also asking the broader TED Community to weigh in. Are drones on your mind? In what capacity? Are you more excited about their research and rescue capabilities or more terrified by their potential for strikes and surveillance? What about drones has truly sparked your imagination?


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    Nov 18 2013: Just like all the technologies -new or old- it depends on the man. Drones can let drop bombs on you, but also are capable to carry a lifebelt for a person who is drowning into a tempest sea and nobody dares to swim for help. If we use them for evil or for good, it's our choice.
    We, humans, have plenty of technologies for killing, so, I prefer to watch the good ones: fire surveillance, help to people in trouble, watching properties or security uses, and so on.

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