While many police officers, paparazzi, and government officials are excited about the potential benefits of drones expected to fill our skies by 2015, there are just as many people scared to death about what this could mean for our future. Team BlackSheep has set out to open peoples’ eyes about the implications of the new technology. By flying remote control airplanes with a 10 mile radius capability throughout cities- peeking into apartment windows, over and under the Golden Gate Bridge, right under the Statue of Liberty’s nose, and more- they show how frightening it would be if this technology got into the wrong hands. The RC planes that Team BlackSheep uses are only equipped with a camera but the armed military ones are capable of much more- which could be great for homeland security- unless things go wrong…
According to Team BlackSheep Leader Raphael Pirker:
Part of what we do is just stir up controversy- just to show what can be done with these drones… I see it as within three or four years time the drones will be actually be flying around normal aircraft.
Earlier this year Congress granted drones greater access to civilian airspace by 2015, but the drones in the future will not be as bulky as the ones used by Team BlackSheep. In fact there is one that has been in development for four and a half years that resembles a hummingbird. At the rate technology advances, it’s hard to imagine what kind of drones will be used by 2015.
To become a member of Team BlackSheep, the equipment they use is available for purchase in their online store. See more of their fascinating videos on Facebook. To learn more about the dangers and benefits of drones in the US, check out this article on military.com and watch the compelling documentary Rise of the Machine.
“There are political, legal and ethical issues that play out with this. Everything from how do we ensure rights of privacy, to what way the police should be allowed to use them, what way should they not be allowed to use them and how do we keep bad actors from utilising these technologies?” – Drone Expert Peter Singer
Flying around BANGKOK: