One Small Step

This comes close to being a perfect encapsulation of the idiotic times and idiot-run nations we live in:

A California police department is planning on using drones equipped with cameras and loudspeakers to monitor a coronavirus shutdown.

The Chula Vista Police Department recently doubled its fleet of drones, purchasing two of the machines from Chinese company DJI. The police department told the Financial Times that they would be outfitted with night-vision cameras.

“We have not traditionally mounted speakers to our drones, but … if we need to cover a large area to get an announcement out, or if there were a crowd somewhere that we needed to disperse, we could do it without getting police officers involved,” said Capt. Vern Sallee.

“The outbreak has changed my view of expanding the program as rapidly as I can,” Sallee added.

 
The country that built the Saturn V rocket and landed men on the moon is buying drones from China to warn citizens in the Land of the Free they’re breaking a curfew imposed to fight a Chinese virus.

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11 Responses to One Small Step

  1. Beertruk

    Sigh. Who would have thought.

  2. Some History

    If I heard correctly on the news this morning, there’s a view to using drones in Australia that can get a reading on body heat and heart rate, and allows pinpointing of people exhibiting coughing behaviour.

  3. Confused Old Misfit

    You need to check where your hand and power tools were made.
    Then throw out all of those made in China.
    Now, see how you make out as a flint knapper.

  4. Rossini

    FMD how stupid
    Trump pooring shit over China and CPD does this
    A bit like ScoMo and the States

  5. John Smith101

    A California police department is planning on using drones equipped with cameras and loudspeakers to monitor a coronavirus shutdown.
    Read this: Australia Adopts China’s Tech for Total Social Control
    From the article (paraphrased):
    Australia is preparing to debut its version of the Chinese regime’s high-tech system for monitoring and controlling its citizens. The launch, to take place in the northern city of Darwin, will include systems to monitor people’s activity via their cell phones.
    . . . . .
    In Darwin, they’ve already constructed “poles, fitted with speakers, cameras and Wi-Fi,” according to NT News, to monitor people, their movements around the city, the websites they visit, and what apps they use. The monitoring will be done mainly by artificial intelligence, but will alert authorities based on set triggers.
    . . . . .
    While Australian officials claim its operations are benign, they’ve announced it functions to monitor cell phone activity and “virtual fences” that will trigger alerts if people cross them.
    . . . . .
    The nature of the “virtual fences” and what type of activity will sound an alarm still isn’t being made clear.
    . . . . .
    The CCP’s [Chinese Communist Party] smart city Social Credit System is able to monitor each person in the society, tracking every element of their lives—including their friends, online purchases, daily behavior, and other information—and assigns each person a citizen score that determines their level of freedom in society.
    . . . . .
    “The CCP is now taking the first step to build such a high-tech totalitarian system, by using credit ratings and monitoring and recording every detail in people’s daily life, which is very frightening.”
    The regime . . . . .[is] exporting the system, and its “China model” of totalitarian government, as a service of its “One Belt, One Road” program. When the CCP builds its infrastructure abroad, its surveillance and social control programs are part of the package.

    Victoria, last year, signed up to the same deal as well.

  6. John A

    The nature of the “virtual fences” and what type of activity will sound an alarm still isn’t being made clear.

    And THAT is the problem!

  7. John A

    smart city Social Credit System

    Douglas [1924] invented a utopian system, which won’t work.

    The CCP has developed a Social Credit System to define the “worth” of every person and business in the country.

    The word “social” seems to corrupt everything, doesn’t it?

  8. Mater

    If I’m not mistaken*, any footage from a DJI Drone gets uploaded automatically into the cloud (DJI Website) with GPS coordinates attached. Ostensibly so you can edit the videos using their online software.

    Who needs spy planes? If they haven’t been compiling this stuff since DJI commenced, I’ll be majorly surprised.

    I’m happy to be proven wrong on this one (I’d actually be ecstatic), but I don’t think I am.

  9. Chris M

    If it’s over your property you can use your own Chinese made drone to repel. Pretend it’s the Taiwan strait, break the boredom!

  10. Michael

    It’s not a Chinese virus, its a virus

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