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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Domestic drones: Neither bird nor plane

Eye of Horus  (Image by Jeff Dahl)
Hospitals were never much known for their privacy.  However, what little there was just got a whole lot less.

Colin Lecher of The Verge reports on the use of a domestic drone “to film outside a medical exam room.”  Never mind that your proctologist’s office is seven flights up.  A drone can easily get there before you do.

This drone’s owner, David Beesmer, not only flew his DJI Phantom 2 within 15 feet of an exam-room window, but then went ahead and
“posted videos of the hospital” to his Facebook page.  His DIY surveillance stint yielded Beesmer a date in court with a possible felony charge.

As legal and ethical debates drone on, the skies are filling with more and more of these “I spy with my high-tech eye” flying cameras. 

All-seeing eyes, such as those of Horus and Ra, were traditionally fraught with protective powers that warded off evil.  Drones, on the other hand, are only as benevolent as their manipulators’ intentions.

Seems time to trade in that flimsy hospital gown for an opaque (and perhaps bulletproof) suit of armor...


Copyright July 19, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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