For some people it's only a matter of time before the robots take over the world to rule by a beautiful binary dictatorship. Technology has indeed come a long way and humans have developed some fancy gadgets to make us look the bee's knees but the reality is that the internet hasn't learned to walk yet and we're a long way off the dystopian future where we sit around watching Netflix while the cyborgs do all the work.
In previous years Dublin 4 was the financial hub of Ireland comprising of the most expensive real estate in the capital. In more recent times the influx of Google has the postcode nicknamed G4 and the area has seen an exodus of financial firms to make way for tech giants and tech players.
Of course we've got very good at welcoming the tech industry to Ireland, there are plenty of incentives (mostly tax related) and strong availability of an educated work force.
However something we're not very good at is regulating technology. A prime example of this is drone use. The Gatwick incident in December showed how disruptive drones can be and how hard they are to eliminate.
We've also seen plenty of stories in the media lately about gangs using drones to fly class A drugs and mobile phones into jail yards.
Most worryingly is the increase of voyeur drone usage in public spaces. Recently a good friend of mine said she's reported a drone flying above her six year old kids school to the police. The drone is there once a week she says but police won't take any action because it's a matter for the school board as owners of the property. Other parents have said they've spotted the same drone around a nearby playground.
It's hard to knock pedo drones out of the air, and besides shooting them down on the spot I'm not sure what options exist.
Now I know most people who use these gadgets are innocent hobby enthusiasts, who's curiosity may very well help Ireland take it's place in the technology sphere, but there needs to be some respect for no fly zones and some authority for people to remove unwanted skycams who may be preying on innocent victims. I believe we need to have tough regulation and enforcement to ensure drones aren't hovering by airports, prisons, schools, playground's, beaches or any other area of public concern.
In the mean time if you know of ways of taking one out (without a shotgun) feel free to comment.