We talk about wanting to keep manufacturing jobs in the U.S. So what do we do? Single out the one area that does just that for an excise tax. There are many high-margin businesses including many that export jobs overseas and many that exacerbate the health care cost problem such as fast food, junk food, TV, etc. Why not tax them to help pay for the damage they do? Medical device mfg. reinvests a huge chunk of that profit in R&D to save lives and keep America competitive. We have already had layoffs as a result of this poorly thought-out legislation.
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.