Note: The opinions expressed in this column are those of the author alone and do not reflect the views of PitchBook or the editorial staff. For the other side of this debate, click here for Joshua Mayers' column: "Why I hate drones."
I can understand why some people bring up privacy concerns as their issue with drones. No one wants a stranger looking through their windows, or following their child to school, or watching them sunbathe next to their backyard pool.
I don’t own a drone. I want one. I’m always watching movies others create with drones and imagine myself making a video of my travels in some faraway jungle. But the idea of spending $1,000 or more on a machine I’m likely to break doesn’t get me running to the nearest drone store (that’s where you get them, right?). If I did have one, I would use it like the vast majority of other drone owners: to explore areas I’ve frequented my whole life but have only seen from my almost-six-foot-tall point of view, and maybe to make a movie.
It’s unfortunate that some people use drones for the wrong reasons, but are these people jumping at the chance to spend a lot of money to fly around their neighborhood to spy on others? Though, that’s not the pro-drone argument I want to make.
The reason drones are awesome is that there are so many amazing ways to use them and their technology—more than just shooting neighborhood video:
That in itself is the best argument for drones. There are almost endless uses, and the misuse by a few is not a reason to deride the technology as a whole. It’s estimated the drone market will reach $1 billion by 2022—how much of that will really be made up of neighborhood spies, and how much will be made up of people using drones to make new discoveries, improve lives or simply experience the world from previously impossible vantage points?