June 12, 2013 | Pippa

I associate drones with a worrying trend in unmanned warfare, but there appears to be much more to these pilot-less flying robots than I thought.

A TEDGlobal debate yesterday highlighted some positive applications for unmanned drones.

They are being used to monitor orang-utan populations much more effectively. They can deliver medicines and supplies cheaply and quickly to remote places, and in the future could even work in busy cities.

It looks like drones are here to stay, and may become a feature of our everyday life in one way or another.

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