Over at The Intercept, Sam Biddle writes:
BRINC, A RISING star among the many companies jockeying to sell drones to police, has a compelling founding mythology: In the wake of the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting, its young founder decided to aid law enforcement agencies through the use of nonviolent robots. A company promotional video obtained by The Intercept, however, reveals a different vision: selling stun gun-armed drones to attack migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
I had never heard of Brinc, but I found the video that Sam Biddle uncovered positively terrifying.
Here's the pitch for a "Wall of Drones" flying all over the border, down pipelines, and (why not?) down city streets.
I am reminded that if one studiously ignores problems, from maintenance to design, from weak thinking to destructive political movements, they have a habit of festering, rotting, and triggering ugly backlash and/or requiring major surgery later on.
In 1989 I was writing about the need for better thinking and moderate action as far as immigration law enforcement was concerned, and my father was writing about the need to look at global warming. We both could read data and understood the direction and velocity of change,
Thirty years later both issues -- immigration law enforcement and global warming -- are bubbling in hot pots on top of the stove. Did we have an opportunity to turn down the heat over 30 years ago? We did. What now? I do not know, but please God, let it not be unleashing predator drones here at home.