Does a spate of UFO sightings reflect our our confusion and unease over the coming age of drones? TIME writes:
“The thing about drones is…that you can make them look like UFOs,” Speigel says. “You can go to the hardware store, and can pick up the materials you need…to make people go crazy.”
The National UFO Reporting Center says that UFO sightings increased 42 percent between 2011 and 2012. “You have to think of the older people who have no concept of what a drone is,” explains Tony Hallett, CEO of drone consulting firm Unmanned Response.
Last year, confused drivers near Washington, D.C. took pictures of a saucer-like object on the back of a truck and posted them to Twitter, prompting one concerned individual to call 9-1-1. The object turned out to be a military drone.
In June, an unidentified flying object spotted by protestors in San Paulo, Brazil also turned out to be a drone that belonged to a local TV station.