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Friday, April 24, 2009

It's A Bird, It's a Plane, It's.......A Spy Blimp Near You (Maybe)

It's hard to imagine a world without Agent Bond...James Bond. It's hard to visualize a planet without the super powers of our beloved friends Superman, Batman, and Wonder woman but here in the real world we will lose all of them to DARPA.

By real world I mean that sci-fi has become real-truth in that our supposed friends at the Pentagon has ready for delivery a blimp destined for a 12 trip into space so that it hover over just any old place and spy on just about any person, place, or thing that brassy guys in uniform so determine.

The Pentagon says this new balloon can stay in one place for days, weeks, months, and years just for the purpose of reconnoitring. Under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) the Pentagon has found yet one more way to watch just about any group it deems necessary to place a lens over. This $400 million project is set to launch one of these surveillance vehicles around 2014.

It's okay to run up into the attic and get those scary books that made us think, surely you remember them: Brave New World, 1984, and Animal Farm.


  1. This is scary stuff. It mahes Orwell's 1984 look bland.

  2. Doesn't this stuff seem like it's out of a video game or movie? Even the name DARPA has a badguy ring to it.

    As a technology buff though, let me offer a different perspective. I'm 24.75 years old. My concept of privacy is way different from my parents, and in another universe different from my grandparents. This is because my generation (who are still getting used to it) and the younger generation (who are fully indoctrinated into it) realize there isn't such a thing as privacy anymore. Social networks and internet technology has just about made the traditional concept of privacy obsolete. Considering, location based software (LBS), geo-tagging, facebook status updates, GPS tracking, etc; somebody somewhere knows exactly who you are, where you are, and what you're doing. Again, this is not new to me, though I am a bit wary about releasing my personal info. Today's high schoolers release their infor in social networks without hesitation. So DARPA is really an extension of the breakdown of privacy in the technology sector.

    It's a little bad that I'm not terribly concerned about it. Complaceny is the primary ingedient for corruption.

    P.S. If you have a cell phone, and it's turned on, you Uncle Sam can find you right now within 30 feet via cell tower triangulation, and within 3 feet if your phone has GPS. Cool huh? :-/

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