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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 23 2013: As many here have acknowledged, technologies themselves are politically and morally neutral, and it is only their application and our value-judgements that lend them these dimensions.
    That said, the accelerating rate of technological progress raises the stakes; delivering more and more power into the hands of those able to wield the latest tools and weapons. This, coupled with the fact that the early adopters of each new technology tend to be predominantly western military or big business interests – both of which can afford to be major research funders – tends to concentrate and reinforce power in these areas.

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