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The government prefers the acronym UAE over drone.
Need a job? Fly a drone! There are already 30,000 drone operators approved.
There can't be 30,000 pilots available. Sounds like an opportunity to me!
Of course, many drones will be used to violate people's rights. I wouldn't want to be an operator of one of those blemishes on civilization. On the other hand, a true "rescue vehicle" operator could really be a noble occupation.
Anyway, take it or leave it the drones are upon us. We need to think about how our tools are used. Gun and drone rights appear similar to me. Of course the public has a right to drones. Private drones are scarier than guns to me.
You can make a lot of money spying on people. It's generally less risky than shooting at people. Of course, the government will always have the hardware to do both. Imagine a government drone watching your every move.
Perhaps a high-ranking official in Washington will determine by your "feed" that you are an imminent risk to his "freedoms." Zap! Problem solved.