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YEAH, DRONES ARE DANGEROUS, BUT SO ARE A LOT OF OTHER THINGS

May 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Sequoia Capital Chairman Michael Moritz is well aware of how disruptive innovative technologies can be. His company has invested in such pioneering firms as Apple, Google, YouTube, PayPal, AirBnB, Cisco Systems, Yahoo!, NVIDIA, and Atari. So it is understandable that he pooh-poohs the current controversy over the use of tiny drones for such purposes as gathering news footage, delivering goods from Amazon, and inspecting farmlands. The FAA, which has banned the use of drones for commercial purposes, recently reported that a “camouflaged” drone nearly collided with a plane over Tallahassee. Moritz acknowledges that “something bad will happen with a drone,” but notes that the same thing was once being said about planes, trains, and automobiles. He documents some of the earliest fatalities for all of them. “Imagine if the scaremongers had got their way,” he remarks.