"Our Drone Future", a short film imagining drone surveillance over San Francisco

From Mashable. I'd say that this artist, as talented as he is, is a pretty good candidate for a FAA cease-and-desist. I see no "liberal interpretation of FAA regulations" what would have made these flights permitted. Excerpt:

The three-minute video above is called Our Drone Future, by designer and musician Alex Cornell. It was filmed on a GoPro attached to a DJI Phantom and flown around San Francisco landmarks; Cornell says he shot it with "a liberal interpretation of FAA regulations."

The genius is in what Cornell layers on top of that footage: a conversation between an intelligent drone known only as 212 and her unseen Homeland Security operator, Ethan. The conversation is as mundane as air traffic control, but hints of menace start to poke through.

We learn that the drone can scan for malicious intent; it can detect stress levels across an entire neighborhood and make a crime prediction a la Minority Report. She casually reveals herself to be weaponized. And in a twist ending, we learn that San Francisco "civilians" are also armed and starting to fight back against the drones.

"Our Drone Future explores the technology, capability, and purpose of drones, as their presence becomes an increasingly pervasive reality in the skies of tomorrow," writes Cornell. He doesn't explicitly identify the drones as belonging to Homeland Security — but the HSA logo is right there on the drone control screen.

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on December 14, 2013 at 10:21pm

If the Trappy case is lost it won't just be a letter. I hear they are lining them up so this would be at the back of the queue. Clever video nicely done with a super simple bit of kit. Shows that its what somebody is able to do with the footage. Not just having the biggest most expensive platform. Makes me think of the really cracking kite photos you see.

Comment by Sam Kelly on December 14, 2013 at 11:05pm

I hadn't seen anything new from Alex Cornell since he was writing for Scott Hansen's ISO50 blog and did that Jotly thing.

Comment by Justin Martin on December 15, 2013 at 12:50am

Wow.... This video is horrible.

This is just feeding to the fear mongering press and their misguided sheeple

Comment by ikrase on December 15, 2013 at 4:04am

Not even feeding the press. What the hell is this? Sounds like the tool has overcome the thoughts of what one would do with the tool. (Also, weaponized? WTF?)

Comment by F1P on December 15, 2013 at 5:41am

Most often way to use drones is making dumb films about drones =)

Comment by F1P on December 15, 2013 at 5:46am

In their blog Trappy says to one of  "critics"  of amateur drone:

"First of all, compared to systems designed by NASA, we don't actually mix up feet and meters, and none of our systems have been responsible for the death of anyone - astronaut or otherwise. Secondly, compared to systems designed by the DoD or NASA, we don't transport tonnes of fuel or nuclear bombs at hyperspeeds through the atmosphere. Thirdly, compared to toasters, microwaves or byclicles and other things used around the general population each day, we stack fairly well in terms of safety and reliability. Lastly, we are not deliberately endangering people. We are flying multirotors. If what we are doing is deliberately endangering people then driving a car is partaking in mass homicide.
And to answer your questions: No I have not had a bad solder joint on any flying device. No I have never had an ESC blow up in the air. And no I have never had a servo fail in the air. We properly test our planes and quads on the ground, where we have had plenty of the above failures and we fix them and re-test.

In a nutshell: Stop this pretentious bullshit here or you'll get kicked off. You are ill-informed, over-sensationalizing and just plain detrimental to our hobby. That is all.
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Comment by bgeig on December 15, 2013 at 6:50am

I support his idea, but talk about pretentious - claiming to be more safety conscious than NASA because he hasn't killed any astronauts.

Comment by Stefan Gofferje on December 15, 2013 at 7:50am

Well, nothing wrong with new ideas for the developers ^^. I personally wouldn't mind to throw away my R/C and my tablet and just talk to my copter and have it talk back to me, especially with such a friendly female voice ^^.

Wondering if the Pixhawk already would have enough steam for that ^^.

Comment by John Githens on December 15, 2013 at 8:01am

Getting back to the film, I could easily see this as a movie trailer some day.

Comment by R. D. Starwalt on December 15, 2013 at 8:36am

This is simply fiction based on Hot Topic, social angst exploitation.

It done well enough in spite of the technical issues. I question if all the day time aerial images were *completely* made with the Phantom as claimed. (To get such a clean linear shot from above the Golden Gate without FPV would be tough.)

It is a classic man vs machine trope with the social issues of gun control and an Orwellian Future mixed in.

-=Doug

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