PROJECT NEW HORIZONS

Anti-crime robots fly over Los Angeles

In 2006, the police department of LA decided to experiment with remote-controlled drones to patrol the city. What happened since then?

Introducing Project New Horizons: a brand new series to delight readers about what the past thought the future would be like, and what happened next. Exclusively available on Medium.

THE OLD ARTICLE (2006)

“We are now truly avant-garde”

The only drawback: the plane, just over two meters long and powered by electric batteries, cannot reach high speeds and for this reason, it will not be used in pursuits of criminals on board vehicles.

Flash forward today: drones are no longer expensive and can be easily bought on Amazon for a couple of hundred bucks. The new models are extremely light-weight and can easily fit the palm of a hand!
Especially today, drones pose a serious privacy issue. How much are we willing to sacrifice, in exchange for being supposedly safe, but less free? We do not even realize that we are being monitored, although nobody asked for our permission. We simply decided that it was acceptable and just surrendered.

MORE RECENT TIMES (2014)

Anti-drone campaigners held their press conference just outside City Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Source: Vice

THESE DAYS (DEC. 2019)

FINAL REMARKS

Google Trends: Interest over time — Keyword “drones”
Google Trends: Interest over time by region — Keyword “drones”

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