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Originally posted by KnawLick
So they has been a lot of talk about drones lately. And the implications these eyes-in-the-sky will have on our privacy, etc.
Well the REAL drones we need to worry about aren't getting nearly enough attention, and I've been trying to explain for a while. The real menaces are not the big predator or reaper drones, there Micro Drones.
Article shows a picture of what I'm talking about. These drones are no bigger than a common house fly. You would have no way of knowing they are even there. Yet they can fly into your house, sit on a wall and watch and listen to anything going on.
As the article states, in 2007, these insect drones were deployed to spy on anti-war protesters in America. And they have also been used at nuclear facilities in Iran.
Maybe I'm paranoid but a tiny mosquito drone seems like it has the potential to do far more to erode privacy than a big predator drone.
Just image if police used these drones instead of "informants" and such. The possibilities are endless.
Originally posted by KnawLick
reply to post by Ml5edtoDeath
These robots are inorganic though. You'd have to check and see if normal bugs give off a smell that attracts the iguana's or something.
Haha OR if the iguana DOESN'T eat the bug its a robot!
In the not-to-distant future, bug-eyed assassins and their cyber-drone cousins could swarm against command and control targets, including the leaders of rogue governments.
Originally posted by Zecharia
I wonder how sensitive they would be to EMF, whether they could be damaged by a mild pulse or crossing into a powerfull field.
Build yourself a Drone NOW (before they become illegal)
Francis Fukuyama isn't your standard tech guy. He's a policy guy at Stanford that writes hefty books on very philosophical topics. That's why his detailed blog post on his efforts to build a surveillance drone are so cool. Here's a little video of the test of his drone outside of his office at Stanford. youtu.be...
Francis makes two simple observations that are worth repeating. Here's the first one:
"I don’t have to spell out the implications of this. I want to have my drone before the government makes them illegal."
The Inevitable Ban on Drone Tech
I agree with Francis, it's pretty clear that drones will become illegal sooner than later. Let me run through a scenario for you. I'm going to have some fun with it:
The ban will likely start by closing down the drone flight amateur loophole -- under 400ft, line of site, away from built up areas (which Francis obviously violated with his test flight). You will need a license to fly even small drones. Commercial licenses will be very restrictive (right now it's illegal to take pictures from a drone for commercial purposes).
However, that's not going to last. There will be too many violations as people build and use drones without regard to the legal restrictions. It will then be made illegal to own a drone w/o a very restrictive license.
Of course, that won't last long either. People will continue to build and use them using generic parts. This technology will prove way to useful and too easy to access. At that point, like we have seen recently with efforts to put limits on general purpose computing (ACTA, SOPA, etc.), we are going to see the following:
Bans on general purpose robotic technology from hardware to software.
Controls on general purpose fabrication technology (since parts can be made with these technologies). There will be lots of support from commercial patent and copyright holders for government bans on 3D fabrication.
Controls on people that know how to build drones. Dangerous people must be tracked and monitored (I had a physics teacher once who designed nuclear bombs, he couldn't travel more than 50 miles w/o government authorization -- it would be much easier to do that for many more people now using modern tech).
Now, all of these steps will accelerate to the end point if a single terrorist incident is based on drone tech.
So, what should you do?
Build yourself a drone. Before they are made illegal.