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This video imagines a San Francisco patrolled by semi-autonomous drones

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Alex Cornell's video Our Drone Future puts a drone's-eye view on San Francisco, imagining the city patrolled by a drone that interacts with a monitor, but operates on its own.

Cornell made this video with DJI Phantom Drones and "a liberal interpretation of FAA regulations." It doesn't push the idea of drones invading our privacy as far as it could, but it's a neat bit of video concept art. Here is how Cornell describes the concept:

In the near future, cities use semi-autonomous drones for urban security. Human officers monitor drone feeds remotely, and data reports are displayed with a detailed HUD and communicated via a simulated human voice (designed to mitigate discomfort with sentient drone technology). While the drones operate independently, they are "guided" by the human monitors, who can suggest alternate mission plans and ask questions.

Specializing in predictive analysis, the security drones can retask themselves to investigate potential threats. As shown in this video, an urban security drone surveys San Francisco's landmarks and encounters fierce civilian resistance.


[via Laughing Squid]