Bird, Plane, or Camera? Surveillance Takes Flight

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11/3/2012 11:35:49 PM
User Rank City Slicker
Amazing Article
Great article, Janine...I can definitely see how this technology can be used, and potentially abused.  If we look at this technology from a positive perspective, some of the immediate applications are appealling. 

As this technology moves into production, I'd be interested to see how the manufacturer deals with the questions that will invariably come up.

10/31/2012 8:03:21 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: So creepy...
Perhaps there will be a spike in paintball revenues!

10/31/2012 8:00:05 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Totally fascinating
These questions get to the core of this irrefutably fascinating piece:

"Will Nano Hummingbirds be tomorrow's CCTV cameras?"

"If so, should we be any more disturbed by that kind of surveillance versus immobile cameras?"

Both questions speak to the experience of 'Awareness.' . . . Where one's cognizance of 'being watched' shifts from 'knowing' to a submissive 'un-knowing.'

10/30/2012 3:26:09 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Better than 1984
interesting device, but knowing how in-efficient humming birds actually are in energy conversion terms, probably not the best design for the job.

If its designed for "covert" monitoring rather than life saving its a different matter of course.

But when they all fly south for the winter the "agencies" will be in trouble :-)

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
10/25/2012 10:57:58 PM
User Rank City Slicker
Better than 1984
I read about this bird in a magazine and I think it is great in a way.  It is a better spy than the television in Orson Wells 1984.  Perhaps some technology that disables electronic devices can be utilized to disable this bird.  J ust think people who are involved in illegally activity can be monitored.  But as with many tech advances this can be utilized for evilness somehow.

Simon Hersom
Simon Hersom  
10/25/2012 5:30:58 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: So creepy...
So I predict some killer UAVs being developed to take these out!  Where's my gun!?

Does raise some significant air traffic control issues too.

10/25/2012 2:55:51 PM
User Rank Blogger
So creepy...
Hunger games style.

This is the stuff of nightmares. really. I don't see why this is even necessary. 

Fascinating article though. I just hope it never seriously comes to pass on a grand scale.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
10/25/2012 2:29:50 PM
User Rank Staff
Totally fascinating
Janine, thanks so much for this incredibly interesting story. It's clear to me how technology like this could be used both for good and disturbing purposes.

The blog mentions this technology possibly being useful in a situation with collapsed structures. We had a video blog this week from Janno Lieber who spoke about rebuilding the World Trade Center area. I wonder if after the towers fell on 9/11 a technology like this would have been useful in searching among the rubble for survivors?

Of course, then there are less comforting possible uses. Will Nano Hummingbirds be tomorrow's CCTV cameras? And, if so, should we be any more disturbed by that kind of surveillance versus immobile cameras?

Anyway, this was certainly thought-provoking. Thank you!

10/25/2012 9:49:21 AM
User Rank Blogger
The future is closer than we think...
Hi Janine -- thanks for this -- amazing stuff -- what really blows me away is how so much of the stuff I was reading about in science fiction stories 20 or 30 years ago is coming to fruition...

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