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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Domestic drone use on the rise; where's NLR's?

Posted By on Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 6:20 AM

EYE IN THE SKY: An unmanned chopper like this was purchased for NLRPD.
  • EYE IN THE SKY: An unmanned chopper like this was purchased for NLRPD.
Something vaguely unsettling in the report that drone use is increasing in the skies of the United States, used in one notable case of North Dakota cattle rustling.

Ryan Calo, the Director for Privacy and Robotics at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, wrote in a report that “these machines are disquieting. Virtually any robot can engender a certain amount of discomfort, let alone one associated in the mind of the average American with spy operations or targeted killing. If you will pardon the inevitable reference to 1984, George Orwell specifically describes small flying devices that roam neighborhoods and peer into windows.”

It's not just government use of unmanned surveillance aircraft, but corporate use that has some worried. Uh, yeah. They're scary "people."

Which brings to mind North Little Rock. Whatever did happen to that unmanned police helicopter, which suffered a crash and was returned to the factory in the early going? Did somebody here suggest THAT could be the solution to the Burns Park geese?

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