Coming Soon: Drones That Perform Like Swarms of Insects
If you’ve read Hunger Games, then you know that one of the tools used by the government to spy on the people was government manufactured, genetically modified birds and mechanical insects. Well, truth may be stranger than fiction in this case, because Boeing is working on manufacturing drones that behave like swarms of insects.
CBS Seattle reporting:
Boeing engineers and researchers from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory successfully demonstrated a “swarm” of drones to be used in battle.
According to a Boeing press release, the researchers and engineers conducted the test flights in Oregon in June using two ScanEagle drones which performed like a “swarm of insects.”
But if you think that drones will only deployed in the skies of foreign battlefields, then you’re wrong.
In a few years the skies over the United States will be filled with hundreds if not thousands of drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, doing a variety of tasks — border security, disaster relief, search and rescue, counter-terrorism and looking down on people and streets on behalf of police departments.
The possibilities are endless. We are entering an era where police can knock on your door and arrest you based on pictures taken by U.S. drones. Drones make the NYPD’s Stop and Frisk program look like child’s play.
One man has already been arrested on drone evidence, setting the precedent for law enforcement to use the deadly birds in their arrests and prosecutions. The question now becomes; what will Americans do when swarms of buzzing insect jets cross American shores? If past is a good predictor for future behavior, then the answer is clear. Absolutely nothing.
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