***Full credit goes to Phoebe’s Detention Room blog for alerting me to this. Please read her full post.***
Am I the only one who’s a might weirded out by this?
From Phoebe’s Detention Room:
The Federal Aviation Administration has allowed several police departments to use drones across the U.S. They are controlled from a remote location and use infrared sensors and high-resolution cameras.
Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in Texas told The Daily that his department is considering using rubber bullets and tear gas on its drone.
“Those are things that law enforcement utilizes day in and day out and in certain situations it might be advantageous to have this type of system on the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle),” McDaniel told The Daily.
I, for one, am not thrilled with this news. The army of cameras which snapped my photo and sent me a speeding ticket were bad enough. Now we’re going to have flying robots in the sky armed with rubber bullets and tear gas? OK, everyone that thinks that we have nothing to worry about here, please raise your hand.
Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
You just know that some bright boy somewhere is going to get the idea of incorporating Artificial Intelligence™ into one of these babies eventually (hey, I watch sci-fi movies, so I know these things).
And as soon as THAT happens, I’m gonna hear the words, “You are illegally parked on private property. You have 20 seconds to move your vehicle“, and I won’t even get the chance to say “I told ya’ so”.
Not to mention that fact of the cyber age, “Computer Error”…and ever-smarter hackers. This is a very scary film script ready to happen in real life. Somebody tell me it’s just a bad dream…
I’m hiding in the basement right now……..
No you’re not, you just think you’re hiding, they can see you clearly, nice try though.
Thanks for the heads-up, Phoebe!
Time to build new, even deeper LEAD LINED tunnels, obviously….
Don’t forget aluminum foil for the hats!
I have my tinfoil hats custom-made, thank you……
The army of cameras which snapped my photo and sent me a speeding ticket were bad enough.
Yeah, but you can beat the speed trap camera…I did last year, although it cost me more financially than just paying the ticket. But it was the principle of the thing. http://thatmrgguy.wordpress.com/2011/01/24/i-fought-the-law-and-i-won/
I’m making a note of that, MGG. Nice job.
However, with the flying robots, now I’ve got to worry about being teargassed and God-knows-what instead of just paying the fine.
Damn, I love progress….
Don’t you just long for the days of transistor radios and black and white tv’s?
It is disturbing.
On the other hand, anybody want to start an “anti-drone” technology business?
Samuel Colt already did…………..
You could use a colt but shotguns would probably work better. You know, like shooting skeet (sounds kinda fun).
The new company would provide radar, jamming devices, laser blinding of the camera lens, etc.
I don’t think that would be wise to shoot them down given that they do have camera’s that will feed back to a central base and destroying govt property is never a good thing and now we have to worry about them shooting back.
Coming soon….a new law that says you can’t shoot them down.
I’m only shocked that the law doesn’t ALREADY exist.
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