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Tandra Page 1530, Drones

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I’m sitting on my back porch looking out over the yard as the rising sun brightens the Eastern sky.

The news today is that President Donald J. Trump is lifting restrictions for commercial use of drones. It is reported that Amazon has plans to make delivery of product by drone here in the U. S. of A. and is, as I type this, presently doing so in the United Kingdom and some other markets.

There are some objections to lifting restrictions on drone use by those who insist terrorists will get it into their heads to employ drones for their own nefarious purposes. I am not over much concerned that Jihadis will use Trump’s lifting of restrictions to advantage. If terrorists wish to make use of drones, they do not need a green light from President Donald J. Trump. My concerns are more mundane and are concerns that should be important to Amazon as well as other commercial institutions eager to embrace this brave new advancement in technology.

What goes up must come down!

No technology is without flaws. Everything in this world goes wrong or breaks down at some point. If anything can go wrong it will, and at the worst possible moment! I believe this is generally referred to as Murphy’s Law.

Drones have made headlines in that they have been used by the military to kill people, but this was by deliberate design. Drones are mostly used by the military for observation. The military sends up a drone outfitted with a camera and the drone flies over hostile territory taking photos of activity on the ground. If the hostiles are annoyed and shoot down the drone, it is no big deal. No human pilot was injured. The military only lost another expensive high tech toy.

I have no idea how many drones have fallen by simple malfunction and I do not know if any unfortunates happened to be in the path of the falling drone when it hit the ground. If such occurred and there were casualties, that unfortunate event did not make the Evening News. If Hillary (The Wicked Witch Of The West) Clinton or President Donald J. Trump had been hit on the head by a malfunctioning drone, you can bet your sweet bippy we would have heard of it.

Let’s say, for argument’s sake, that no drone has come down to date by cause of malfunction and no one on the ground has suffered a bump on the head. As I type this, there are a limited number of drones in the skies overhead. If one does come down, the chances of some person being hit, even in large cities, is fairly remote. If the number of drones in the sky increases exponentially with use for commercial delivery of product, the risk of malfunction and fall increases as well.

Some time or at some place a drone will fall from the sky and, eventually, a falling drone will bop an innocent on the head raising a painful bump or even causing death.

Enter: the lawyers!

I understand that Amazon is a prosperous company with mountains of money in the bank, but that makes of them an even more desirable target for enterprising lawyers. It makes no difference the measures Amazon’s Tech Department has taken to assure no Amazon Drone out for delivery avoids falling on an unsuspecting pedestrian, such an inconvenient event will eventually occur.

If anything can go wrong it will, and at the worst possible moment!

Perchance Amazon should rethink their drone incentive lest one of their products is delivered unintentionally to an innocent on the ground who did not order it!

There are numerous hungry lawyers across the fruited plains who look at Amazon and the drone delivery initiative and see fortunes for themselves and their potential clients.

“Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God.” -Thomas Jefferson


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