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Monday, February 15, 2016 Permalink

How Drones Are Reshaping The World

Airs in place of Insight on Monday, Feb 15 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Close to a million drones may be sold this holiday season. And in five years, the global market is expected to reach a billion dollars. There are drones for everything: real estate and construction, package delivery, journalism, search and rescue. They're used to deliver humanitarian aid to the world's most challenged regions and to find and kill the worlds most wanted terrorists without putting US soldiers' lives at risk.

In this hour-long program, we look at how drones are revolutionizing the skies, and how this technology has so quickly moved from science fiction to ubiquitous reality.

We visit Korea's DMZ where drones fly back and forth across the border, raising serious questions about the military capabilities of both countries and the power of drones to affect regional conflicts. In Nairobi, Kenya, we learn about the potential for drones in developing nations, and how a nationwide ban has halted progress in that country. And, in Northern California, we learn how one organization is trying to send aid to Syrian war victims via a fleet of humanitarian drones.

Plus, we'll learn what happens when practically everyone has drones — from the major world powers to the smallest non-state actors, including Hezbollah, Hamas, and ISIS.

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