There's nothing wrong with being adept with a game controller. In fact, skills developed on gaming consoles and in simulators have real-world application for those who fly unmanned aerial vehicles ('UAVs').
It seems somewhat sinister that any private citizen could use an unmanned aerial vehicle for no legitimate purpose. We already have the government spying on us. Do we need our neighbors stalking us as well?
The idea of increased surveillance by UAVs may well be unpopular, but should proactive security surveillance measures harnessing the latest technology not be a viable alternative to the reactive scramble for evidence?
In many ways, the seemingly furious debate over drones is yet another reaction to the pace at which technology washes over us. There is no doubt that drones raise legitimate legal issues, but it's just too easy to let our "privacy reflex" dominate and overwhelm the discussion.
Ten years after the failed Iraq war, secret legal memos reveal Obama is using the same fear-mongering tactics of 'imminent threats' of evil to justify his drones program as Bush did to justify invading Iraq under his 'pre-emptive' doctrine.
Americans see the drone war as essentially cost-free. But the terrorist threat is coming from Muslim countries with growing anti-U.S. sentiment, as recent protests in Pakistan and Yemen demonstrate. It's time for the U.S. to rethink what it's doing in that part of the world.
Are they helping us to win wars, or are they essentially prolonging wars that are ultimately unwinnable? So far, it appears that drones aren't decisive. They're merely instrumental. They're instrumental in keeping us in a losing cause.
What surprised me in the symposium, however, is how much telerobotics and telepresence is being used today, right here on our own planet, enabling people to survey, explore, mine, and even kill from great distances.