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The NYTimes ran an article about an autonomous selfie drone.

A lot of the piece is sci fi but the Skydio is real. Any thoughts about privacy or other implications. Drones are currently banned in New York City so not a pressing worry for me!
 
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Yes, you do have a serious privacy concern.
I think you are exaggerating calling the article sci‑fi, but there is some obvious speculation in it.

Isn't that overoptmimstic, expecting people to be “responsible”? What is going to happen if you set a drone to follow somebody else, not in California, but the Ozarks? How long will it be before Cletus takes a potshot at it with a twelve‑bore?
 
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Hmm. Privacy vs destruction of content. Should be an interesting court case in the future!
 
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:How long will it be before Cletus takes a potshot at it with a twelve‑bore?


That already happened several times when a drone flew over somebody's backyard. People get arrested for that for shooting in a residential area: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=drone+shot+down+backyard+arrest&ia=web
 
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Interesting. So you don't own the air space above your house I guess?
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:. . . you don't own the air space above your house . . .

No. Otherwise you could charge airlines for overflying your house.
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:So you don't own the air space above your house I guess?


I wouldn't put it like that. It's just that you're limited in what you can do in it. Just like you can't grow marihuana in your garden (in most states), you can't shoot a gun in all circumstances.

I would expect courts to decide in due course what you can and can not do with a drone over public property, and over private property that is not your own.
 
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