Well, I gotta tell you, I like this. In fact I read somewhere that a small town has passed a city ordinance authorizing the shooting down of these toy drones.
Drones are little more than a grown man’s toy, kind of like the toy/model airplanes you see children play with, and you know as well as I do they will be used to spy on sunbathing women and peek into peoples yards and homes.
In that context they amount to little more than an extension of a peeping tom and should be dealt with as such.
Is it any less a crime or an invasion of privacy if an individual skulks around your home looking into your yard or windows or if they employ a toy equipped with a camera to do so?
Not in my opinion – and if caught in the act should be dealt with as having engaged in a criminal act.
There is a poetic justice involved in this story, the Red Baron takes to the airways, enters into a no fly zone and gets shot down, so what’s next in this game of drones?
Will some entrepeneur seize on the opportunity to develop and market a jamming device? Will drone “pilots” push for legislation to legalize their invasions, or arm themselves with stink bombs and water balloons?
Perhaps pursue the holy grail of a cloaking device?
Will neighborhoods form their own drone squadrons to repel invaders, or construct miniature anti aircraft batteries to defend their air space?
There is a both a serious side and a comical side to stories such as this and the reality they speak of, and while I wouldn’t advocate for shooting down these toys there are obvious restrictions that need to be put in place.
A lot of this can be placed at Google’s and Facebook’s doorstep, what with their incessant use of cameras, data mining, etc to invade individual privacy and the pandering their political cronies have engaged in to facilitate this.
I’d think it would be appropriate if “drone clubs” composed of regular people would fly in formation hovering over Google corporate headquarters spying on their every move, or Zuckerberg’s back yard.
As I say I’m not advocating for shooting down these toy drones, that’s an individual choice others will make – and no telling how many hours the Bubbas will invest in collecting pop bottles, aluminum cans, selling newspapers, and mowing lawns to save up enough money to purchase their new toy.
The domestic game of drone wars has only just begun, no telling how absurd it will become.