Drone Crime & Punishment

16645905601_b866e073ac_zHow will drones change the way crime works?

Future Crimes author Marc Goodman and Science Friday created the “Crime Headlines from 2025” hashtag this week, generating a stream of hypothetical ways to break the law.

We have always obsessed about the future of drone technology, so we collected all the examples of drone crime and punishment in a single Storify post.

A great Popular Science article reminded us that these are not future drone infractions–these are present-day crimes! Here’s an excerpt from the article:

After a quadcopter crashed into the White House lawn last month, the maker of that quadcopter brand sent out a firmware update that prevents all models with the update from flying within restricted DC airspace. There’s even a company, NoFlyZone, based around the idea of automatically updating restrictions for where drones can fly.

We’ve been fascinated by drones in popular culture for years. Over at deviantART, we explored how drones have entered the art world. Here’s an example of how drones are already changing the way we think about war:

P.W. Singer, the war scholar wrote the most important book about drone warfare, Wired for War.  Singer described why video game players are highly valued as drone pilots: “Having spent their youth online gaming, sipping Red Bull, and talking on their cell phones all at once, young drone pilots come to the unit with an ease at multitasking already wired into their DNA.”

But the problems aren’t just related to American drones.  Check out this chilling article from The Guardian:

“French police are investigating several mysterious drone flights over central Paris, months after a spate of unexplained drone sightings over the country’s nuclear plants sparked nervousness.”

You can see more drone crimes in our Storify post…

(Photo via SFU)

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