What's with the word "drone"?

I don't get why now it seems that anything small that flies is considered a "drone". I'd like to argue that drone implies autonomous although the Predators which have pilots are called drones as well, not saying that they aren't auto-pilot capable. But this use of "drone"... drone this drone that... A person buys an Air Hogs from WalMart and they're like "Oh my God! It's a drone! Call the FAA"

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