Will Drones Rule our Future?

Drones are now becoming popular within our society, with drones becoming cheaper and with better cameras they are becoming more accessible. This is changing the face of the tech front and this poses many questions about how drones should be used within our society.

I have become one of the many owners of a drone and this has led me to asking many questions about how these drones should be used within our society, and also how our law enforcement agencies are using this technology and whether it is a positive thing for society. I also wanted to look into what the negatives of these drones of these drones on our society are.


I began this journey with a fun video I made of teaching my family how to fly a drone. See here:

You can see that drones can be a lot of fun when used correctly and with good intentions. This leads me onto my next topic, how police are using drones within our society and what the implications of this is for our future.

If you’re interested in further details about this topic, please check out this blog that I wrote on police using drones.

Whilst researching into police using drones on our society, it made my think further about how the military can use this technology to damage war zones even further. Listen to the following podcast to hear what I found out.

Drone crime scene image
A police drone captures images from above of a car accident, NSW Police 2015
Police drones search
A police drone used during a search and rescue operation, NSW Police 2015

DroneShield video, demonstrating how the DroneGun operates.


After researching how Police could weaponise drones, how the military used drones kept on being a topic that I would come back to. So I decided that I’d also research and present my findings in a podcast on how the military uses drones and what the ethical implications of this are.


Scene from Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2. the Sovereign Attack. Skip to 1:00.


Drone operators.jpg

This video further explains what the Triton Unmanned Aerial System will do for the Air Force, as mentioned at the beginning of my Podcast.

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MQ-9 Reaper Drone, NewsWeek 2015

Further Reading:

Ban Lethal Autonomous Weapons website:

Video showing what the potential future of autonomous weaponised drones could look like.


Thank you for reading! Please comment below what you think about the future of drones with our society! 




References: Police and Drones 

Alderton, M 2018, ‘To the Rescue! Why Drones in Police Work Are the Future of Crime Fighting’, Redshift, April 13, <https://www.autodesk.com/redshift/drones-in-police-work-future-crime-fighting/>


Chiang, B 2017, ‘FAA Best Practices, State Laws, Local Rules, and Police Efforts: A Multi-Faceted Approach to Regulating Police UAVs in the U.S.”, University of La Verne Law Review, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 201-234.


DroneShield 2017, Solutions, DroneShield, viewed 28th May 2018, <https://www.droneshield.com/>


Harris, L 2015, ‘Police drones take off: Secret weapons in the fight against crime and terror attacks’, Sydney Morning Herald, 13 December, <https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/police-drones-take-off-secret-weapons-in-the-fight-against-crime-and-terror-attacks/news-story/026a4a5eb8e97c83cba2eaaba424b591&gt;


Heen, M.S.J, Lieberman, J.D & Miethe, T.D 2017, ‘The thin blue line meets the big blue sky: perceptions of police legitimacy and public attitudes towards aerial drones’, Criminal Justice Studies, vol. 31, no. 1, pp.18-37.


Johnston, C 2013, ‘Meeting the design challenges for imaging payloads on small UAVs’, Laser Focus World, 01 April.


Saulnier, A & Thompson, S.N 2016, ‘Police UAV use: institutional realities and public perceptions’, Policing – An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, vol. 39, no.4, pp. 680-693.


Tchetvertakov, G 2018, ‘Clear and present drone threat countered by fast-moving DroneShield’, Small Caps, April 5

Whigham, N 2018, ‘Queensland cops to be armed with anti-drones guns during Commonwealth Games next month’, news.com.au, March 26, <https://www.news.com.au/technology/gadgets/queensland-cops-to-be-armed-with-antidrone-guns-during-commonwealth-games-next-month/news-story/d4d0aff3563e9e9754c7848b55ec7d33>

References: Military and Drones

Air Force 2014, Triton Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to boost maritime surveillance capabilities, online video, 14 March, Air Force, viewed 24 May 2018, <http://video.airforce.gov.au/play/3263&gt;


The Australian Army 2016, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, The Australian Army, viewed 29 May 2018, <https://www.army.gov.au/our-work/equipment-and-clothing/surveillance/unmanned-aerial-vehicles&gt;


Boyle, M,J 2015, ‘The legal and ethical implications of drone warfare’, The International Journal of Human Rights, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 105-126.


Enemark, C 2011, ‘War Unmanned: Military Ethics and the Rise of the Drone’, Conference Papers – International Studies Association, viewed 29 May 2018 <file:///C:/Users/eij570/Downloads/Sub_5.pdf>


Evans, N 2018, ‘Drone army in future plans for Australian defence forces’, Perth Now, 14 February, <https://www.perthnow.com.au/politics/defence/drone-army-in-future-plans-for-australian-defence-forces-ng-b88744306z&gt;


Greene, A 2017, ‘Deadly drones in spotlight as Defence weighs future options’, ABC News, 7 March, <http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-07/drones-in-spotlight-as-defence-weighs-future-options/8333080&gt;


Greene, A 2017, ‘Defence accused by Israeli company of lack of transparency over Reaper drone deal with US’, ABC News, 2 September, <http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-02/reaper-drone-defence-accused-lack-transparency-israeli-company/8866036&gt;


Jingjing, G, Wang, Q, Du, X & Guizani, M 2018, ‘Multiple Moving Targets Surveillance Based on a Cooperative Network for Multi-UAV’, IEEE Communications Magazine, 13 April, pp. 82-89.


Maguire, L 2015, ‘The Ethics of Drone Warfare’, Philosophy Talk, 9 September, <https://www.philosophytalk.org/blog/ethics-drone-warfare&gt;


McPhedran, I 2015, ‘The Australian government is about to spend $300 million on self-piloted killer drones’, News.com.au, 25 February, <https://www.news.com.au/world/the-australian-government-is-about-to-spend-300-million-on-selfpiloted-killer-drones/news-story/cb2ce87bc287aa09a548209c39971998&gt;


Mockaitis, T 2016, ‘Drone and the Ethics of War’, HuffPost, 12 Jan, <https://www.huffingtonpost.com/tom-mockaitis/drones-and-the-ethics-of_b_8961510.html&gt;


Schulzke, M 2016, ‘Rethinking Military Virtue Ethics in an Age of Unmanned Weapons’, Journal of Military Ethics, vol.15, no. 3, pp. 187-204.  


Stapleton, J 2015, ‘Drone wars: Australia’s dirty secret’, New Daily, 4 December, <https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2015/12/04/australia-drone-war/&gt;


Wroe, D 2016, ‘Australia to start making military drones ahead of future warfare dominated by machine’, Sydney Morning Herald, 9 September, <https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-to-start-making-military-drones-ahead-of-future-warfare-dominated-by-machines-20160909-grcq9m.html>
Youtube 2017, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 – Sovereign Attack Scene (Part One | 1080p), online video, 15 October, Lucas Renton, viewed 29 May 2018, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00pRVv353YM&gt;



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