Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sky 2.0.

Surveillance with unmanned drones is the most practical robot application of the early 21st century. I Over the last couple of years, it's been moving steadily from military to civilian environs:

Police in the UK are planning to use unmanned spy drones, controversially deployed in Afghanistan, for the ­"routine" monitoring of antisocial motorists, ­protesters, agricultural thieves and fly-tippers, in a significant expansion of covert state surveillance.

The arms manufacturer BAE Systems, which produces a range of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for war zones, is adapting the military-style planes for a consortium of government agencies led by Kent police.

In the future, this technology will have an even greater impact on our everyday lives, e.g. in "drive-by-wire" semi-automated car navigation systems, neighborhood security, home and auto insurance, virtual reality, life hacking, and etc.  And don't forget that drones can draw power directly from the sun - the ultimate green robot.

tags: information, tool, control, detection, system, evolution, scale

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