March 10, 2013

"A 4-minute video by the Air Force Research Laboratory on 'micro aerial vehicles' shows a futuristic bee-size drone flying in an open window..."

"... and taking out an enemy sniper with a miniature explosive payload. Since it was posted in 2009, it has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times and reposted all over the Web."



That's from the NYT article, "Visions of Drones Swarming U.S. Skies Hit Bipartisan Nerve."
[Rand] Paul’s soliloquy has tapped into a common anxiety on the left and the right about the dangers of unchecked government...
“It’s not merely the black helicopter crowd of the folks on the far right,” said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks extremist groups. “What Rand Paul had to say about drones absolutely fired up conspiracy theorists on the left as well as the right.”

Human Rights Watch plans to join other groups next month in starting an effort called the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots....

In Washington, Code Pink, a leftist group of antiwar activists, showed up with flowers and chocolates at Mr. Paul’s Senate offices on Thursday to thank him for standing up against abuses of power. Known around Capitol Hill mainly for disrupting Congressional hearings, the group had found a new champion.

40 comments:

campy said...

futuristic bee-size drone flying in an open window and taking out an enemy sniper

Or a conservative blogger.

St. George said...

This has been all over the science geek press for years.

Quadcopters can fly in formation and even toss poles and catch them in mid-air.

The police will use these things like crazy. Don't think for a second that they won't be armed. Lot of money to be saved by replaced human cops with flying robot birds. Just like eliminating check-out clerks in grocery stores. People will learn to prefer the robot to the human.

AustinRoth said...

"fired up conspiracy theorists on the left as well as the right"

Um, how about plain thinking people who have valid concerns about vesting too much unchecked power in the hands of a few people who may or may not follow due process?

Those who find the restrictions of the Constitution bothersome and cumbersome are the very people we most need to worry about having such power.

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Nonapod said...

In the future we'll all have our own personal swarms of microbots that will hover around us all the time. They'll all have cameras, biometric scanners, and motion capture capabilities. They'll be used for communication (Skyping, generating avatars ect) keeping track of our health and any number of other daily tasks.

Paco Wové said...

I'd like to applaud Code Pink and give them the Robert Cook "At least you're consistent" award.

rhhardin said...

That's what window screens are fot.

edutcher said...

Gives new meaning to the phrase, "Hit list".

YoungHegelian said...

"By Mohammed's beard, Ahmed, have you ever seen such a fucking big & ugly bug....?"

rhhardin said...

I'm more concerned about swat raids, which involve no drones at all.

The nightmare used to be a midnight knock on your door and the state comes to take you away.

That was the old days, in communist states.

The nightmare always included the propriety of a knock on the door.

Nowadays they've got mall cops breaking down doors of the wrong address.

Chef Mojo said...

Cats & dogs. Lions & lambs. Weird.

rhhardin said...

Can somebody do a lecture on the separation of powers before this drone meme tosses out the Constitution?

The remedy for war powers abuse is political, namely impeach and remove the President.

The remedy for swat team abuse is judicial, namely bring the Constitution back.

chickelit said...

Perhaps in the future, aerial combats will feature drone dog fights over the Yemen peninsula. The human "aces" will be seated thousands of miles away.

Original Mike said...

Be afraid, John Boehner. Be very afraid.

Donald Douglas said...

Thanks Ann!

I Was Just Thinking About Posting a Drone Video, and Here Come Althouse With "A 4-minute video by the Air Force Research Laboratory on 'micro aerial vehicles'..."

madAsHell said...

In 2006, I was leading a group of students building a system to investigate drone swarms. It was funded by Boeing. We used an open source video game engine to depict drone interaction.

bagoh20 said...

It's suck to be a celebrity some day when the paparazzi get these.

Mitchell the Bat said...

Invest in flypaper.

edutcher said...

Donald Douglas said...

Thanks Ann!

I Was Just Thinking About Posting a Drone Video, and Here Come Althouse With "A 4-minute video by the Air Force Research Laboratory on 'micro aerial vehicles'..."


Next time, you'll have to get the Althouse app.

But you'll have to go through the Amazon portal on Althouse to get it.

chickelit said...

Offhand, I'd say that beneficial spin-off technologies will be better and lighter batteries--no doubt lithium or proton based--because those things must be as power hungry as a hummingbird.

chickelit said...

War is defined by ideology backed by machines and technology.

David said...

According to some of my ex military buddies down here in the racist south, items like this are already in use.

YoungHegelian said...

@bagoh20

It's suck to be a celebrity some day when the paparazzi get these.

No, it'll suck for all of humanity, when people get letters like this from their local corrupt constabulary:

Dear Mr Bagoh20,

We have video of your rendezvous with Mrs Abigail X at the NoTell Motel on 11/7/2012. Please leave a brown envelope with $2000 at the purple elephant in the play ground of PS 123, and we'll forget all about this.

Deb said...

" flowers and chocolates at Mr. Paul’s Senate offices on Thursday to thank him for standing up against abuses of power. Known around Capitol Hill mainly for disrupting Congressional hearings, the group had found a new champion."

The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

Michael said...

Whackos of the world, unite.

(In this case, in a pretty good cause.)

AllenS said...

Mr. Paul. DO NOT EAT THE CHOCOLATE.

bagoh20 said...

"We have video of your rendezvous with Mrs Abigail X at the NoTell Motel on 11/7/2012. Please leave a brown envelope with $2000..."

Ha, the jokes on them. Mrs. X was actually a man.

Wait, where do I send the money?

tim maguire said...

Love the way the New York Times still pretends the SPLC is a legitimate organization. Perhaps one day the New York Times will decide to become a legitimate organization.

Writ Small said...

Options, Options:

1) Ban the use of such technologies by our government. Other scary weapons like sniper rifles should be immediately re-thought.

2) More filibusters getting Eric Holder to write letters detailing the circumstances under which such technologies would and would not be used.

3) Assume that if we don't master such technologies our enemies will and trust to the separations of powers enshrined in the Constitution to act as a check and provide the remedies should abuses of power ever occur.

SGT Ted said...

SPLC?

That's a hate group.

Chip Ahoy said...

YoungHegelian, our defensive flying insects provided video of your spy insects and your cover insects entering space protected by AEI 24-429, section of the 2015 Anti Electronic Insect Act. Pursuant of this section you have been ordered to deactivate your beetles and your bees and your wasps for 30 consecutive days. Ants and termites may remain active, all flies of all species my remain active but must be disarmed for that same 30 day period.

Chip Ahoy said...

I thought this video was going to show real robot insects and it's a cartoon. I like cartoons, a lot, but come on, the videos that show real ones doing real things are better.

And this makes me appreciate real hummingbirds even more.

Because they're such rare and precious living jewels. Except when they're not.

wyo sis said...

They're aggressive little SOB's aren't they?

rcocean said...

I guess this will replace the "black helicopters" with the paranoids.

Baron Zemo said...

If I was Rush Limbaugh I would wear a beekeepers uniform everytime I left the house.

Michael K said...

We are not the only military interested in these things.

jr565 said...

Libertarians and liberals are often two sides of the same coin. Republicans should get in be with people who appeal to Code Pink at their peril.

traditionalguy said...

It reminds me of War of the Worlds "machines."

But not to trust the government is ridiculous, the DC crowd keeps on saying over and over.

That Brit on CNN keeps saying that it is silly for Americans to have guns to oppose the Government/Queen because it has the atomic weapons. Hmmm.

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Synova said...

"I'm more concerned about swat raids, which involve no drones at all."


A tool is a tool is a tool.

But we have a reality where no-knock raids have become the norm and mistakes about the address have also become the norm. Citizens have the right to be secure in their homes, and this isn't a fuzzy right or something not well defined. Citizens have the right to be secure in their homes and to assume that anyone coming through their door IS A BAD GUY.

People are going to be killed... cops are going to be killed and people defending their homes and families are going to be killed.

And we're supposed to believe that we're nut-bars for being concerned that our rights are in jeopardy or that our government (or education department) or local cops might misuse these new tools?

Really?