It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superma–wait…
It’s a drone.
While these UAV’s (unmanned aerial vehicles) have long been in use for military purposes, Congress just passed a new bill for 2015 that allows the drones to patrol above civilian ground for any purpose–commercial, private, and military. I have so many hang ups on this, I don’t even know where to start. Mostly, I’m starting to think that we are taking one too many notes from George Lucas (and that’s coming from a huge Star Wars fan, by the way).
What does this mean for us? Here’s what comes to mind for me.
1. All flights will be delayed at some point or another by some stupid company’s broken drone.
2. Companies as well as the government can stalk you from their computers and use you as data.
3. Is this safe, for both people and the environment?
4. Is this necessary, and does it aid in the creation of jobs?
I enjoy being able to go for walks and not once have the question cross my mind of whether or not some company is seeing which bar on Clark I walk into, and then selling that data to some crappier bar. Marketing research companies will haul in the cash monitoring people’s actions and selling the results. But is it good for people? Since we’re allowing them to watch us, shouldn’t we be getting a cut? I think any company that uses these drones for commercial purposes should get slammed come tax time. Absolutely. Slammed.
I don’t think that commercial drones have any place in our airspace. They already have satellites-let that be enough. I do think this is an invasion of privacy, and an unnecessary one. When you think of all the real problems in the world, this is just another action that proves Congress is full of crooked people who live for the money, not the love. America is built on the values of life, liberty, and justice–but this takes our definition of “liberty” to a new low. Justice is being taken care of by our police force, so why do we need flying video cameras so badly?
It's not 1984, it's 2015.
Plus, when one considers facial recognition software developed by companies like Facebook, it’s just all too stalker-ish. I’d hate to be a celebrity with TMZ drones flying overhead.
What do you think? Do you like the idea of being watched all the time? Because I’ll bet you didn’t when you were streaking through the sorority quads at your college oh-so-many years ago….
Read TIME’s article by Keith Wagstaff here
Gawker’s “Privacy Death Stars Approved by Congress”