Big Brother, We Have Arrived

Ever since I can remember, every other sci-fi film has been about some sort of dystopic future with dead cybernetic eyes watching your every move; metallic, cold gazes around every corner and in every wall; cameras in crevices, crooks, crannies and craniums. For most of the time we sat and watched those films, it was a scary thought, but not a threatening reality … until now. There is talk to use unmanned aerial drones in a domestic capacity. Big Brother has never been closer.

“Today anybody— the paparazzi, anybody — can hire a helicopter or a (small plane) to circle around something that they’re interested in and shoot away with high-powered cameras all they want,” said Dan Elwell,  the Aerospace Industries Association‘s vice president for civil aviation. “I don’t understand all the comments about the Big Brother thing.

“As technology advances, so does the government’s surveillance powers. If we want to protect our privacy rights, the exercise of this power has to be subject to limits,” writes ACLU deputy legal director Jameel Jaffer in The New York Times “Room for Debate” discussion about the use of drones domestically, and whether they pose a threat to privacy.

Global demand for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), better known as drones, is heating up as armed forces invest in new systems to boost their ability to carry out reconnaissance and strikes without putting soldiers’ lives in danger.

Propelled by a rise in Asian defence budgets, annual global spending on UAVs is forecast to almost double from the current $5.9 billion to $11.3 billion over the next decade, according to US-based defence research firm Teal Group.

Some Big Brother Style Films:

Logan’s Run (1976)

1984 (1984)

Gattaca (1997)

Minority Report (2002)

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