Big Brother And His Drones: What YOU Can Get Out of Surveillance and the Machine Future

From Mr. VI over at Modern Mythology:

It’s time to face facts– technology advances by harnessing human drives, and the most primal are sex and death.

Drones and cybersex. So, what can YOU get out of it? Pornography and the military-industrial complex are often the prime funders of technological research. Without DARPA, we wouldn’t have the internet, and without the urge to stream porn, we wouldn’t be constantly trying to improve data compression techniques.

Without lust, there’d be no YouTube – and without the urge to achieve maximum effect with minimum effort, we wouldn’t develop labour saving devices. We wouldn’t develop technology to extend our reach, and refine our apparent control over the situation. Without apparent scarcity and rarity, we wouldn’t consider certain things precious, and we certainly wouldn’t care about loss. We wouldn’t care about extending our sphere of influence, or expanding our territory.

Here in the UK, we’re seemingly constantly under the eye of CCTV. According to the BBC, one London Borough, Wandsworth, has more cameras than Dublin, San Francisco, Johannesburg and Boston COMBINED. Manchester has more than 4 times the number of CCTV cameras than Paris.

Leaving aside the use of drones in current conflicts across the globe, the increasing militarisation of police forces may be reaching its zenith in California. A County Sheriff wants to buy one for use over his area, right over your back yard. The EFF and other civil liberties organisations are protesting however.

Ultimately drones – small unmanned aerial vehicles – are here to stay, whether or not they’re weaponised or otherwise. Futurist and military strategist John Robb points out that they could be used for logistics and other things – a Dronenet, or ‘internet of drones’. Combine this with the advances in 3D printing, and crowdfunding platform,s like Kickstarter and IndieGogo, things are going to get interesting pretty fast.

Read the full article on Modern Mythology.

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  • alizardx

    Google on “tacocopters”. Also, think of where it might be useful for you to be able to park a pair of eyeballs, a look at your roof might make it a lot easier to figure out how to fix storm damage. Drones are just tools, good or bad depends on the user and one’s point of view.

    The flipside, what happens when the first drone gets sucked into a jet airliner’s engine? Or crashes through somebody’s window? Or gets hacked to do things the owner didn’t intend? That’s happened, insurgents have already grabbed surveillance video from UAVs in Afghanistan.

  • alizardx

    Google on “tacocopters”. Also, think of where it might be useful for you to be able to park a pair of eyeballs, a look at your roof might make it a lot easier to figure out how to fix storm damage. Drones are just tools, good or bad depends on the user and one’s point of view.

    The flipside, what happens when the first drone gets sucked into a jet airliner’s engine? Or crashes through somebody’s window? Or gets hacked to do things the owner didn’t intend? That’s happened, insurgents have already grabbed surveillance video from UAVs in Afghanistan.

  • BuzzCoastin

    technology has it’s own evolutionary trajectories
    humans are it’s sex organs, not it’s masters
    humans are remunerated for this role
    by reaping the services & disservices of technology’s progeny
    all the while unaware of their servitude

    • Anarchy Pony

      I have considered this prospect many times, but I don’t know if I am totally convinced by it.

      • BuzzCoastin

        nothing is universally true or one dimensional, of course
        nonetheless, the unconscious manufacturing & use of technologies
        renders those humans into robots of the technology for the technology

        do we really need the internet in our pockets right now?
        technology does
        it’s corporate robots make it so

        • Anarchy Pony

          A fair point.