Attack of the Drones: A View from the Unfriendly Skies

TED Blog

Marc Goodman

 is the founder of the Future Crimes Institute and chair for Policy, Law and Ethics at Singularity University. At TEDGlobal in Edinburgh in 2012, Goodman shared a sobering look at the dark side of technology in his talk, “A vision of crimes in the future.” The TED Blog asked him to share his latest thinking on the promise — and threat — of drones.

For most people, drones are flying robots irrevocably associated with killing, warfare or even war crimes over the skies of Iraq or Afghanistan. Yet what started out as a purely military technology is rapidly migrating into our everyday lives.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Customs and Border Protection Agency has been flying drone missions along the Southern US border to enforce everything from fishing and game violations to illegal immigration and narcotics smuggling. The FAA has authorized…

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