Seems like the way things are headed, it won’t be long before somebody on your block is flying their own personal snooping device over your back yard. What are the consequences and/or implications of personal drones becoming more common?
Here’s a picture I captured (drone-style) from a random twitter feed a few weeks ago. It appears to be somebody’s personal drone hovering just a few feet over the heads of a crowded street. It’s possible - perhaps even likely - that this belongs to a newspaper or similar business. Some privately-owned drones have lately been capturing some pretty amazing footage of the protests here in Bangkok.
But at some point, one is going to fail and crash - propellers still spinning - into a crowd of children on the street. Also there are privacy issues. If you’re one of those people who don’t like to have your picture taken in public, pretty soon you won’t be able to anything to do about it. In fact I’m surprised that the paparazzi aren’t already flying them over celebrity pool parties.
Where do you see this going in the future? Licensing/permits required to operate a drone? A drone registration database, so we can track drones that are used in the commission of crimes back to their owners?