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A brief history of drone-kind's influence on humanity

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In the future, will drones be ominous, watchful sentinels hovering above our cities, or useful tools, dusting crops and delivering parcels? To better understand the future of the divisive technology, Time Magazine takes a look at how the use of drones has evolved, specifically since the first Predator strike that took place in Afghanistan in 2001. The article explores how drones have already revolutionized war — introducing questionable tactics that will soon be investigated by a UN panel — and are well-poised to change peace. As is the case with many new technologies, drones have become the harbingers of numerous ethical, legal, and logistical problems that are sure to be debated for many years to come.