Forget the prospect of delivery drones falling out of the sky and killing or maiming people. Forget the privacy issues as they fly over your enclosed back garden whilst you perhaps sunbathe naked. Think about the noise …
Many places already have constant background noise from road traffic – road hiss, engines revving and running, horns honking. So do we really want to fill the sky close above our homes with thousands of whirring and buzzing drones?
You need to go to a place like Venice, which has no road traffic except for small area around the train station, to appreciate how deeply wonderful it is to be in a city or town that is free from the constant background noise of motor traffic. People stop and talk to each other much more. You can hear more birdsong, the water lapping against buildings, whispers from across the canals, the sound of laughter from around corners …
Yet, as if the noise from road traffic isn’t enough, some want to fill the very air above our heads with noise – droning noise you can’t escape from, whirring noise overhead to add to the noise that’s already down at ground level.
We already have rising stress levels … and rising levels of psychological and emotional ill-health. Will society really be so stupid as to allow it’s fraying sensibilities to be further degraded and invaded by flying delivery drones?
Don’t let anyone tell you it would be “progress”. Or if it is “progress”, then it’s the same kind of “progress” that’s brought us nuclear waste and seas clogged up with plastic.
And if it is “progress”, then it’s progress on the road to hell.