Economic trends to watch in 2014

By ZACK ANCHORS  |  December 26, 2013

Drone industry takes flight Another industry set to take off in 2014 is the unmanned aerial drone business. Best known for killing people in faraway countries and inspiring terrorists, drones are not just for the military anymore. The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to soon give the green light to commercial uses of drones in the US. Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, drew lots of attention last month when he revealed his company’s vision to deliver packages with a drone fleet. Drones are also said to have huge potential for agriculture, mapping, law enforcement, and countless other applications, but the FAA is having trouble coming up with rules to govern their use. That’s unsurprising, considering the vast intrusions of privacy that could result from filling the skies with stealthy remote-controlled robots, not to mention the dire safety implications. 

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