Almost any time a significant new technology becomes viable there are serious military implications to be reckoned with. It was true with the advent of repeatable firearms, the mass production of automobiles, as well as the advent of networking computers.
Now, the next big piece of tech lined up for intense regulation is drone technology.
So far, drone technology is familiar to most people in two major ways; as a terrifying robotic military weapon, and as an exciting hobby for people of all ages.
But drone technology has become so robust that it is rapidly dropping in price while still achieving better and better capabilities.
Drones are now so reliable and cost effective that online retailers like Amazon and package carrier services like Fed Ex are investing millions in creating drone-based delivery systems.