Naked Capitalism brought my attention to this video on what drones can do and what they might do in the future. It makes for rather concerning viewing.
Personally, I have no doubt that within the next ten years, drones will be small enough and cheap enough to follow us and record all of our actions in public. My guess is that many of us will have more than one permanently following us. My guess is that people will object to governments tailing us with a drone, though I wouldn’t put it past them. However, I wouldn’t put it past corporations to monitor the public lives of their employees or ex-spouses for that matter. I am sure that many might have them to monitor themselves. The government could then use a warrant (or not) to gather the recordings.
I keep thinking of writing a story of woman as she goes about her day, from greeting the drones that keep track of her in the morning to saying good night to them, and everywhere in between. There would be one from the corporation she works for, one from her ex-husband, one from her child’s school, one from the school where she takes night classes, and so on. The cheaper drones become, the more we will use them, afterall. If you want to write such a story, you have my blessing, though please contact me so I can promote it.
On to the video.