Fascinating perspective in the New York Times today on the future diabolical use of drones.
Yes, drones can be used for defense, law enforcement, search and rescue, neighborhood watch, agriculture, and even Amazon or Pizza Hut deliveries.
But what about the darker side of drones--used neighbor against neighbor, where anyone can buy a fairly sophisticated drone for merely hundreds of dollars and use it against others in the community.
- Want to use the (surveillance) camera to spy on your neighbor?
- Want to use its claws to pick up and steal something?
- Want to airlift and plant evidence or contraband and frame someone unjustly?
- Want to distract someone or cause an accident or fatality?
Ok, I am going a lot further than the NYT article...but really what prevents people from doing these things and more?
The article does mention new FAA policies "prohibiting drones from flying [over stadiums] near major sporting events."
But think about a drone in the hands of a terrorist with a dirty bomb or G-d forbid, even a WMD, and the drone swooping into a densely populated area like a stadium or even Times Square...what would prevent this--perhaps, nothing?
Think about it...this is about to become a lot more dangerous world because drones are not just for the good guys anymore, and the bad guys may not care about FAA regulations and penalties.
(Source Photo: here with attribution to outacontext)