Blest Art Thou Oh Skynet, Cyberdyne Be Thy Name!
Here are some relevant quotes that may set up this post for you
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
-Benjamin Franklin (also attributed to Sam Adams and others) may have said that.
“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” (Who watches the watchmen?)
– Old Latin adage, perhaps from Plato’s “The Republic”.
“Our # 1 manning problem in the Air Force is manning our unmanned platforms”
Gen Philip M. Breedlove, Air Fore vice chief of staff
O.k., with all that being said, I have only a few words to say to those who are getting themselves all wet with excitement over the soon to be seen non-military controlled usage of drones similar to those returning to America from years of meritorious service in remotely killing off bad guys in foreign lands. Drones are those things that are coming back here to fill our skies, and in theory provide us with some constant buzzing and hi-tech peace-keeping vigilant protection for all.
Or at least for those who can afford them.
As tests go on world wide, plans are being put in place to have drones doing domestic surveillance / police work in most major (and some not so major) cities here in America (There are a few links to confirming stories from CNN and the Sunday edition, dated 12-11-11, of the Los Angeles Times at the bottom, they’re worth the click…..), these will serve to augment the constant video coverage that people just laugh about when they watch the t.v. show “Person Of Interest”, most of the laughers are not aware that it’s happening here and now, 24-7. For more on the day or night surveillance upgrades brought to you from those fun folks at DARPA, you can click here or if you have an empty afternoon, Google ARGUS-iS – or click on this -> Echelon for a few more laughs.
Take a related research side trip and look into those new street light poles with built in hidden video cameras that were installed as a test at the end of last October on many of the street corners of Farmington Hills, Michigan, and then ‘Netflix the film “Red Road” for one view on watching the watchers and what they see. And while you’re at it, check into the combination of this stuff and the latest status of military grade facial recognition software, and think about how impressive those results are going to be when that data is tied in with the lip reading ability of the newest home action video games, computers and video cameras.
If you still having doubts about all of this just take a minute and Google it, to borrow the famous phrase from the X-Files, “it’s all out there”.
And those two words I mentioned at the top of this page?
Would it make any difference to a “pilot” thousands of miles away?
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