How will robotics and artificial intelligence influence our society? For the good or bad? Good or bad for whom?
Early 1960's I guess it was. Yes, drones are not new. The D-21 was a Mach 3+ drone, not remotely controlled. It was launched from the back of an SR-71 (A12, M21 or B52), if you were lucky. Strictly recon. Flying at about 17 miles up (91,000 feet or so) at Mach 3.3 it took great pictures over China or Russia without putting a pilot at risk.
Not a great success and cancelled in the early 70's. Top secret at the time. Now you can find them in museums.