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    Micro Air Vehicle, as found on Admit One.
    I'm not sure how this is propelled, but it looks bloody spooky to me, and makes me think of the floating camera things in Half Life 2.
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    It's propelled by ducted fans, like a propeller in a tube. Makes them safer and more efficient. I think your comparison with the half life cameras is a bit more then apt here. If I saw one of these things, I'd probably just want to hide or shoot it down.
    • CommentAuthorfro
    • CommentTimeApr 11th 2008
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    @Val: Not hit it with a crowbar?
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    If the little spying fucker gets low enough, sure. Far more satisfying too...

    No, little spying bots and planes like this are commonly in use now by the military, I'd imagine. The only problem they face is the vast majority of us are not important enough to gather 'intel' on. These bots can gather a lot of info but shuffling through all of it to find specific events would be a nightmare, I bet.
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    @Val,
    good point. I guess till we have computer systems that can successfully do that sort of stuff for us, surveillance will have to be carried out pretty selectively. Although we have the equivalent in CCTV cameras all over the place that are only searched through when it's relevant.
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      CommentAuthorOsmosis
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2008
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    I think you're right, Val. Drones and UAVs are small and cheap enough to put on an infantryman's back, so they're fairly ubiquitous on the battlefield. In a touch I found faintly disturbing, a recruitment video for the British Army shows one being controlled with an Xbox 360 controller.
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    Thinking about this subject over the evening, here's what I'd say these bots would do best and this is with Mr. Duffield's comparison with the HL2 drones. Since they are programmable to a series of waypoints they would be more useful as roaming security cameras, roaming the same path again and again. I imagine that since this path would be consistently the same, the little fucker would be monitored via wifi by a larger computer looking for any variation picked up by whatever camera or sensor the little fucker uses. The mother computer (we'll call it the 'mother fucker'. Well, no we won't) could then either send the little fucker to inspect that discrepincy, call more little fuckers in or actual people, however the persons who have deployed it wish to.

    Little fucker 1, Espionage 0

    I personally also like Mr. Ellis's concept in 'Crooked Little Vein'. --(No spoiler to those who haven't read it as it's not a significant part of plot)--Most everyone has cellphones with digital cameras now. What if you monitor all the pictures that are taken in a day? The 'people' have a potentially far larger 'big brother' system than the actual government could ever hope to have. How to exploit it though? Offer small rewards and 15 minutes of fame(if you want it) to send in things you find to people who use it on a televison show, perhaps? Well, that's a subject for another thread.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2008
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    "Offer small rewards and 15 minutes of fame(if you want it) to send in things you find to people who use it on a televison show, perhaps?"

    Fox and CNN both have versions of this and Youtube is either now paying for its most-viewed clips or is about to do so. The Youtube payments aren't exclusively or even primarily for news obviously but there's a lot of news on there.
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      CommentAuthorIan Mayor
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2008
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    Although the thought of cameras mounted on those bad boys ignite my geek genes, I'm not sure I'd like to see those things floating around in populated areas, one faulty wire or knock and they'd dropping on folks heads.

    For that and other reasons, I guess my anti-dystopian-police-state guerilla unit best start sticking to the sewers.
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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2008
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    @Ian Mayor? Makes no sense as the sewers will also be monitored. Hack the cameras to make you and the crew appear to be part of the watchers and thus invisible.
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      CommentAuthorIan Mayor
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2008
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    @stsparky

    We like the sewers.
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    @Kosmopolit

    I think it should be a prime time dedicated program; Put in a few humorous videos to captures and hold an audience along with the serious spots. I personally don't have a TV any longer, but there's still some people out there sucked in to hours of watching and schedule their lives around it. I've got a coworker that whole-heartedly looks forward to Beauty and the Geek every week. Disgusts me...