An­noy­ing lit­tle buzzers, aren’t they?

Drones are here and keep­ing close watch on our free­dom

Life & Style Weekend - - STUFF - With Greg Bray

Imag­ine catch­ing a fish on some re­mote beach and be­ing buzzed by a Depart­ment of Fish­eries drone which or­ders you to hold it up so it can check its species and size while pho­tograph­ing your stunned face?

AP­PAR­ENTLY South Amer­i­can drug deal­ers are us­ing drones to de­liver their pro­duce to pay­ing cus­tomers; giv­ing a new mean­ing to the term, “fly­ing high”. To the hor­ror of US au­thor­i­ties, Mex­i­can drug lords, barons, and king­pins are nav­i­gat­ing drones, with 10kg pay­loads, over the bor­der, and, alarmed that some­one’s get­ting away with this se­ri­ous crime, i.e. not pay­ing im­port taxes, the Feds are counter-at­tack­ing with heav­ily armed drones of their own.

Also, in the land of the free (and slightly ter­ri­fied), var­i­ous po­lice de­part­ments have been equip­ping their drones with tear gas can­nis­ters and tasers to keep any up­pity lo­cals from get­ting any un­law­ful, or un­ruly, ideas; the home of the brave in­deed.

Here in Aus­tralia, it prob­a­bly won’t be long be­fore var­i­ous gov­ern­ment de­part­ments send forth drones like the Fly­ing Mon­keys in the Wiz­ard of Oz. Imag­ine catch­ing a fish on some re­mote beach and be­ing buzzed by a Depart­ment of Fish­eries drone which or­ders you to hold it up so it can check its species and size while pho­tograph­ing your stunned face?

Ditto for speed­ing mo­torists, poach­ers, il­le­gal tree fellers, farm­ers try­ing to sneak free wa­ter from nearby creeks and any­one else at­tempt­ing to be naughty, or short-change the gov­ern­ment.

No doubt the next wave of drones will be pi­loted by lawyers ad­vis­ing folk of their rights as they’re be­ing chased by po­lice drones, who are in turn be­ing filmed by news drones, fol­lowed closely by swarms of gawker drones pi­loted by lo­cal sticky beaks.

Un­less, of course, they’re all sud­denly di­verted by a skinny dip­per, a top­less celebrity or some poor wretch show­er­ing with the win­dow open.

So en­joy your pri­vacy while it lasts fel­low cit­i­zens, be­cause th­ese an­noy­ing lit­tle buzzers are here to stay, and no amount of dron­ing on about them will change that. Greg Bray blogs at www.greg­bray­writer.word­press.com. Find him on Face­book: Greg Bray – Writer.

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