While most of us think of drones–when we bother to do that–as the Presidents’ toys for killing bad guys in foreign places, others are picking up where the Prez has–so far–left off. Drones will provide details.
See, you can buy drones now for yourself. Drones already equipped with high-tech cameras for surveillance from on high. Fancy department stores and internet suppliers will be glad to sell you one for as little as $350, ready to fly. You can conrol them from your smartphone and they’ll put what they see on your screen.
We knew–or should have–this was coming, right? Radio controlled model planes have been around for decades and cameras are now minuscule. If these sell well–and they will–they’ll become cheaper still, and more will sell. They’ll likely end as kids’ toys. I’ll bet paparazzi are already using them, they’re anonymous. And thieves casing targets, and spies and government agents and the cops and how long before one flits across your yard towing a banner with a commercial on it? Ugh! Producers used to naked starlets decorating their pools will have to start putting roofs over them, if only to deny evidence to their wives’ private detectives.
Of course, there’s another aspect. If the Prez can off his choice of victims (and anybody standing around) in Pakistan, so can the local Mafia Don in your city. So can anybody, for all that, so long as he/she/it can afford enough drone to lift an appropriate weapon.
Do you suppose Moslem dress will become he ‘new drone fashions? Go out wearing that, and the poor drone wouldn’t recognize you; you could be anybody…