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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 26 2013: I do not fear drones at all. I have nothing to hide from the government. I think drones are excellent on the battlefield and at home. On the battlefield most importantly they save lives. At home, companies like UPS and FedEx are trying to get the FAA approval so they can use them to deliver packages. My one concern about drones is that they will take away jobs

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