The Drones Are Coming Home

dronerWill baby-sized drones soon be used routinely for tracking residential property lines and other domestic purposes? With our nation’s adventures in Iraq coming to an end, unmanned drones will need to be kept busy doing something…via BLDG BLOG:

A post on sUAS News—a blog tracking the “small unmanned aviation system industry”—we read about the possibility of drone aircraft being used to enforce residential property tax.

Citing a recent court ruling in Arkansas that “has approved the use of aerial imagery to collect data on property sizes,” and making reference to the already-controversial state deployment of aerial surveillance tools, sUAS suggests that drones could someday be used to manage a near-realtime catalog of local property expansions, transfers, and other tax-relevant land alterations.

Whether enforcing local building codes—keeping an eye, for instance, on illegally built structures such as the so-called Achill Henge in Ireland—or reconciling on-the-ground property lines with their administrative representations back in the city land archives, how soon will drones become a state tool for regional landscape management?

“Imagine your local planning officer having access to your back garden at a moment’s notice!” sUAS writes with alarm. “With the pullback from Iraq and other spots under way, this scenario is much easier to imagine. Perhaps it’s already happening.”

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  • Nunzio X

    Though not specifically about privacy, this news reminds me that we’re gradually being maneuvered into being constantly tracked, observed, and our movement history recorded…I was going to say “for later playback,” but actually I should say “for later ‘proof’ of ‘wrong-doing.’”

    Sadly, we just kind of go along with it. We willingly allow private companies and the government to monitor us as they please.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Remember: It’s not if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear. Its really if you don’t defy the demands/wishes/orders of the ruling elite/state/dominant culture, you have nothing to fear.

  • Nunzio X

    Though not specifically about privacy, this news reminds me that we’re gradually being maneuvered into being constantly tracked, observed, and our movement history recorded…I was going to say “for later playback,” but actually I should say “for later ‘proof’ of ‘wrong-doing.’”

    Sadly, we just kind of go along with it. We willingly allow private companies and the government to monitor us as they please.

  • DeepCough

    http://www.luckyrob.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/ed-209.jpg

    You have 5 seconds to comply with my slippery slope counterpoint.

    • Anarchy Pony

      At least ED-209 couldn’t fly.

  • DeepCough

    http://www.luckyrob.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/ed-209.jpg

    You have 5 seconds to comply with my slippery slope counterpoint.

  • Anarchy Pony

    At least ED-209 couldn’t fly.

  • Sabre

    Wrist rocket.
    Ball bearings.
    New Game.

    • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

      As it turns out, I’m still a deadeye with a wrist rocket.

      In fact, I just bought some new high powered bands that I’ve been itching to try out…

  • http://twitter.com/sabrebIade Sabre

    Wrist rocket.
    Ball bearings.
    New Game.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Remember: It’s not if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear. Its really if you don’t defy the demands/wishes/orders of the ruling elite/state/dominant culture, you have nothing to fear.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    I think there are going to be some people who are shocked to learn that this sort of technology can work both ways. (Think Gary Hart.)

    There’s already been a spate of cops caught by their own dashcams framing “suspects”. Imagine how much more fun it’ll be when there’s an flotilla of private drones tracking the police around.

    I suspect that creating new and exciting ways to destroy other peoples drones will be the hot new sport for rebellious teenagers and paranoid curmudgeons alike.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    I think there are going to be some people who are shocked to learn that this sort of technology can work both ways. (Think Gary Hart.)

    There’s already been a spate of cops caught by their own dashcams framing “suspects”. Imagine how much more fun it’ll be when there’s an flotilla of private drones tracking the police around.

    I suspect that creating new and exciting ways to destroy other peoples drones will be the hot new sport for rebellious teenagers and paranoid curmudgeons alike.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    As it turns out, I’m still a deadeye with a wrist rocket.

    In fact, I just bought some new high powered bands that I’ve been itching to try out…