Thursday, November 08, 2007

Area 51's Robotic Spy Bird

Those robo-dragonflies may not be the only creatures keeping an eye on you. For many years now intelligence agencies have been looking at drones disguised as birds.

(Via UFOMystic.)


Anonymous said...

I especially like the part where the ornithopter flies past a large metallic sort of saucer-shaped object that looks for all the world like a fake UFO....

--W.M. Bear

mr. intense said...

Forget the spy birds, ornithopters, and dragonflys--if you want something _really_ covert, check this out:

A prototype spy _fly_. Get the feeling that the intell boys are feverishly working on flying bugs built with nanotech? How about a spy flea?

Elan said...

Several years back, when a company I worked for was deploying a new data-base, we had to consider computer servers, fire-walls, privacy protocols, protection of personal client information, etc.
Our IT consultant took the floor and said, in plain-speak, that the era of “private data, private lives and privacy in general, is over.” It is now a matter of trying to manage data responsibly and that becomes a political, not a technological, matter.

Privacy is dead.

Nietzsche, in The Gay Science, wrote that, “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?”

Privacy is dead and we have killed it. What water is there for our ablutions in a world growing more toxic by the hour? I still believe that technology will be the only possible salvation for our species, but it has come too soon in our development. Was H.G Wells who said that human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe?

dad2059 said...

If you are of the "conspiracy theory" mindset (I have been on occasion), it has been said that Wells, along with Julian Huxley were technocratic socialists. Witness Wells' Things To Come novel. Technology and education, not religion will save the world from itself.

Enter China, touted as the 21st century super-power. A nation with an ancient history and is run by technocrats (engineers, not lawyers).

Also a nation with a dubious human rights record.

Privacy is most certainly an endangered species.

Logtar said...

I think I am paranoid!

General Jack d. Ripper-WX9 said...

DNI: "I demand spy microbes, damn it! Where's my spy nano-dust?! I want those quantum spying technologies, now! God damn it! We don't want those terrorist masterminds to win, do we! We have a nano-spy (not to mention mineshaft) gap!"

[Parody ala Buck Turgidson, ref. Dr. Strangelove, underground war room scene.]

You'd think they'd be concerned with polluting their "precious bodily fluids" if such exotic mytho-tech even _was_ available. P.O.E., and all that. Heh. Bah, humbuggery.