Looking Forward -Part 2

To what extent any niche in the overall market will open up in response to some of these new possibilities is not certain right now. It could be that for some reason, consumer drone tech becomes unavailable in the near future. Economy of scale might not be dialed in just right.

Regardless of any of that, the fact remains that the technology to create a simple team of drones is more or less with us today. When the first murder by drone occurs, culpability could be all but impossible to prove. Using software not unlike that which Lyft uses to parse and sort passengers for pick up and drop off in tandem with  hardware for pattern detection, it could easily be possible for the type of person who typically gets their kicks “trolling” or otherwise harassing to get in too deep.

And as for those who say that such an idea sounds like something from the future, I would not blame you. The media is full of ominous images of “intelligent” machines. From “The Terminator” to this year’s, “Horizon:Zero Dawn”, there is no shortage of human fear surrounding drones.

Sometimes even the imagery of the language we use to describe our “IOT” seems to evoke something more sinister. But the days of an AI “ecosystem” complex enough to take advantage of the machines in which it is embedded are certainly not upon us yet.

As I said before, the idea of using a UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) to oversee an area or complex is not a new one. Machines with the ability to recognize and respond to their surroundings have been a staple of the human imagination for thousands of years of recorded history; right alongside flight, so there is something very attention grabbing about mixing the two.  Naturally, there is a flurry of application to the FAA for permits for commercial drone use, and it is anticipated that new regulations concerning these types of devices will be necessitated as more and more people own them.

To our universe, we are organizers and processors of information, its sensory and perceptual organs, if you can tolerate the metaphors. As a result, the responsibility for whether or not we write home-brew targeting software will be with us. With drone technology in its infancy, not much can be truly said. But with the exposure the devices are currently getting, I personally do not think it will be long before someone bolts a WalMart purchased assault rifle onto some consumer drone that thinks it is playing an AR game with whomever it is looking for.

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