I feel safer already after reading this:
A drone aircraft was launched into the smoggy sky over Los Angeles on Friday, bringing technology more commonly associated with combat zones to urban policing.
The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which looks like a remote-controlled airplane and weighs about 2.3 kilograms, is a prototype being tested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Police say the drone, called the SkySeer, could carry out dangerous tasks and free up crewed helicopters for other missions.
"This technology could be used to find missing children, search for lost hikers, or survey a fire zone," says Sid Heal, head of the Technology Exploration Project of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "The ideal outcome for us is when this technology becomes instrumental in saving lives."
Police say the SkySeer, made by Octatron of Florida, US, could help them catch suspects fleeing on foot and hiding on rooftops. The drone comes equipped with low-light and infrared vision and can fly at speeds of up to 48 kilometres (30 miles) per hour for 70 minutes at a time.
"These days you can't go anywhere without a camera watching you, whether you're in a grocery store or walking down the street."
Well because we are already on candid camera a little more privacy invasion won't matter,
typical Neo-Fascist logic, similar to the "if your not doing anything illegal you won't mind having your phones tapped".
Welcome to Bizzaro World, beyond 1984 several lightyears or so.