Robert Bluen Drug drones

Holy caroly, if only the skills of the drug lords were used to better mankind, we would have Utopia at last, but hay maybe the answer is for the Governments to legalise the drugs, and offer them in controlled environments to remove the amazing risk reward ratio that cannot be combated???? Take away the illegality, and you remove the massive profits. Remember the alcohol bans in the 1920's????
Posted: 23 February 2012 at 05:48

Doug Vining Drones will rule the skies

This article from the Economist provides a wealth of background information on the development of drone systems, particularly for military purposes.

It's inevitable that the wealthy nations would rather send in autonomous drones than human soldiers and pilots, but as the price of these machines drops, as technology always does, will we see home-made drones from terrorist sources fighting back?

The scenarios are quite scary.
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Posted: 23 February 2012 at 13:06

Sangya Mishr legalising drugs trade

I do not think that making trading in drugs legal can help fight drugs. One has to start at ground level by talking about it in schools and educating children about the dangers of getting into drugs. Talk to parents and make them aware that they need to be vigilant and need to talk to their children too. But then I am sure, this is already being done. If so, then clearly the laws are not stringent enough to serve as deterrents against the trade.
Posted: 16 April 2012 at 07:10

Doug Vining Drugs online worth big bucks

It seems that technology often has its dark side. Making it easy to sell goods anonymously online can be perverted by drug dealers. Will they use drones to deliver the goods, or just FedEx?
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Posted: 10 August 2012 at 18:40

Doug Vining Stoner States

Now that Colorado and Washington allow marijuana use in their states, it will be interesting to see if this is the thin edge of the wedge and drugs become increasingly legal worldwide.

It has been the opinion of many libertarians and the subject of a couple of novels, that the only way to deal with the drug problem effectively is to decriminalize and thus legalize the taxes and trade from what is essentially an intractable issue - just like prohibition or 'making poverty illegal' certain human habits will continue, despite the laws designed to curb them.

But legislation can capitalize on the trade and remove the criminal profits currently being enjoyed by drug dealers, reducing the whole thing to just another less admirable social habit like smoking and drinking. And then the drug lords and their violent activities will evaporate with their profits.
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Posted: 8 November 2012 at 21:45

Doug Vining Pizza drone

It seems like this is the week for pizza tech stories. First we had the pizza printer, and now the pizza delivery drone.

It makes me wonder which will come first, the 3D drug printer, or the swarm of drug delivery drones we talked about in this MindBullet?
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Posted: 5 June 2013 at 20:22

Doug Vining Airdrop on your doorstep

Amazon Prime Air is the new drone delivery service announced by Jeff Bezos on Sunday. The idea is to deliver parcels of up to 2kg by electric octocopters to households within 30 minutes of order. That's speed and efficiency!

I have no doubt that Amazon will make this a reality eventually, although there are many regulatory hurdles to overcome, which could take years. But only the lucky few who live in the right city neighborhoods will get to enjoy Prime Air. On the other hand, those are probably Amazon's most loyal and profitable customers.

In the meantime, the publicity value of this innovation is immense. Our MindBullet of course foresaw this scenario, and even extended it to mass cross-border smuggling!
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Posted: 3 December 2013 at 10:21

Doug Vining Drugs via drones

We imagined this future scenario more than two years ago. Now it's a current reality.

"It’s a lot easier and less expensive than running a drug submarine. You can build and operate two dozen drone aircraft for the price of one submarine. The swarm effect also makes it unlikely that more than one at most will be apprehended by American law enforcement at any one time.

The assembly line for narcotics drones is located in the Santa Fe District of Mexico City and near the Bombardier factory at Queretaro where aircraft factory workers can moonlight and double their money."
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Posted: 2 June 2014 at 18:36

Doug Vining Sea drones

The first robotic boat or sea drone that is geared for defence is unveiled. It's possibly the best defence against pirates, but I can just see how it might be perfect for smuggling too.
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Posted: 6 November 2014 at 10:12

Neil Jacobsohn Thailand seeks to control use of drones

A sign of things to come? US president Barack Obama, in his State of the Nation address a week ago, also promised legislation to control the use of drones. And see our 2012 MindBullet alongside.
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Posted: 28 January 2015 at 05:49

Doug Vining Tax drones

We've blogged before that drones can be useful in 'precision agriculture', surveying land for crops and gathering data. Now they are also being used for precision taxation. Indonesia uses drones to check on rubber and palm oil plantations, to ensure planters are not under-declaring their crops.
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Posted: 4 June 2015 at 10:28

Neil Jacobsohn British police form a drone unit

Police departments have been experimenting with drones for some time now. But this is a step forward; three British police departments creating a formal drone unit.
Says a spokesman: 'Drones will aid officers as part of missing person searches; crime scene photography; responding to major road traffic collisions; coastal and woodland searches and to combat wildlife crime.'
Of course, all technology is agnostic - it's neither good nor bad. It's what we do with it that matters. So, as we speculate in our MindBullet alongside, drones can be used for harm as well.
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Posted: 17 July 2017 at 11:50
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