We know about the use of drones by sheriffs’ departments. The drones are getting cheaper.
You may not have read about how drones are being armed. They carry bombs. They carry machine guns.
If you want to get an idea of what is being tested, read this. It really is astounding. Technology keeps getting cheaper. Here is the economist’s law: “When price falls, more is demanded.”
A lot more will be demanded.
The Federal Aviation Administration is authorizing police departments to use drones for surveillance.
One police department is considering arming its drones with rubber bullets or tear gas.
Who will be first? As soon as there is a first, departments will line up to be second.
In 1953, science fiction author Robert Sheckley wrote a short story about all this. It was called “Watchbird.” I have posted it on my site. It’s still worth reading.