Article by By ANDY PASZTOR and JOHN EMSHWILLER
“Many drones are designed to carry surveillance equipment, including video cameras, infrared thermal imagers, radar and wireless network ‘sniffers,’ ” the representatives wrote in their letter to Michael Huerta. Now that the FAA, under pressure from lawmakers and businesses, is pushing to increase the use of drones, it has “the responsibility to ensure that the privacy of individuals is protected and that the public is fully informed about who is using drones in public airspace and why,” they wrote.
The FAA declined to comment.
As part of the push to increase uses of civilian drones, nearly 50 companies are developing some 150 different systems, ranging from miniature models to those with wingspans comparable to airliners.
Ryan Calo, who conducts research into privacy and robotics at Stanford Law School, said the domestic use of drones will likely grow as more machines are brought back from war and as prices fall.
“The very same drone that was staking out a nest of insurgents and possibly shooting them could be deployed in New York for surveillance” after removal of weaponry, Mr. Calo said. He said the use of drones could spark a wider debate about privacy because people aren’t accustomed to such technology. “If you bring back a tank from Afghanistan, you don’t expect it to show up in a park,” he said.
Nah! they couldn’t possibly use them in the “homeland” the same way as they were and ARE being used in our far flung military operations, could they?
Uh, hummmm, do ya think?
Pause a moment and imagine and count the ways drones could be used and keep in mind that what can be done will be done,
and indeed probably by the time we read about it in the popular press, it has been done on a small scale and is being readied for everyday use.
OK, everybody, “Hold onto your butts.” as Samuel L. Jackson’s character said in Jurassic Park.
” Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.
Let’s hope the dinosaurs don’t eat the customers in this brave new world of drones. But probably? It’ll be a mixed bag and surely won’t be boring to live with them al Blade Runner, et al. Yes, the movies coming to life……………
Well, pilgrims, what did you expect, we’ve been preped all our lives for these things, now I guess we’re supposed to just
“Move along, nothing to see here.”…….RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRip! I’m outta here, it’s Saturday! I’m gonna watch a movie! Maybe two………………or just pieces of my favorites on the tube, u that is. 😀
“What? You’re still here? It’s over! Go home…………..go.”