Thursday, December 15, 2011
Toys, weapons, drones
Even though it was a different line of thinking, I guess it's no coincidence that I posted Snoopy vs. the Red Baron yesterday. I've been thinking a lot about drones lately.
I did an interview with Ted Carancho, the main dude with AeroQuad, and the chat went up on Kill Screen today.
As I mention in the intro to the interview, a few people I spoke with refused to acknowledge that drones are even slightly toy-like. "Really?" I asked, and then again, "Seriously, really?" Flash forward to the recent quote and link from Iran:
"Obama begs Iran to give him back his toy plane," proclaimed a headline from Iran's Fars News Agency Tuesday.
So, with the interview I was really trying to pull off this idea that even though a playful tech-toy community wants nothing to do with the military, all their stuff is open source, and, they're making it easier and easier all the time to do the following: Type in an address, send the drone there. They think of this as play. I'm not suggesting or even implying that drones should be somehow regulated. And, I agree that it's play. (That's the problem!) So, what I am suggesting is that I think they will have capabilities, as unmanned crafts, to deliver...things...anywhere. Like, for example, beer, as in the link at the end of the interview. Or, candy. Or, drugs. Or, bombs. Or, money. Or, Chinese food. So, yeah. And, beyond that, the side with the best toys wins wars? Maybe this has been happening since the industrial revolution? Or, even way further back. But...the difference now is that kids could actually, literally, potentially be the best warriors. And, this is deeply problematic on so many levels.