Soldier Toys Today, Civilian Toys Tomorrow
from the passing-down-the-chain dept
There’s always been a history of military technology eventually making its way (in some form) to the civilian world. The Washington Post points to duct tape and GPS as examples. So, now they’re looking at what’s being used in the current war that may make its way into civilian uses in the near future. Unfortunately, they all seem to be in the realm of surveillance. Specifically, they expect personal “unmanned drone” technology to start showing up for hobbyists fairly soon. They suggest that the days of the “topless sunbather” in their own backyard may soon be over, when the local teenaged boy can send his drone flying around the neighborhood. The other technology they see catching on are basic sensors for collecting any type of data. So, if the military is any indication, we should expect to have less privacy and more data.