Your observation about the lack of technical understanding (let alone expertise) on the part of the judges is mirrored daily in citizens in general. Science and quantitive thinking ability is rapidly becoming a scarce commodity. Recall the recent "boy in the balloon" hoax. Not a single news person stopped to quickly estimate the size of a balloon required to lift the child, or question, if indeed he could be inside, how he might survive breathing helium. Instead, that the caper was a hoax wasn't determined until a police investigation and some sort of confession. Our country is in trouble on many fronts.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.