2120 Hindsight: Drones

20Jun11

Mike Harrity wore a Drone World T-shirt to school today.  I thought the other kids were going to lynch him for sure.  I don’t know why he does this screwy stuff, stuff that he just knows will piss people off.

Or, actually, I guess I probably do know what he’s thinking.  I don’t know him very well, but from some things he’s said, I would be willing to bet that he just wants to get back to the old days, to a simpler world.  I’ve seen him in the Recreator a couple of times, sinking into the data from some past community of 50 or 100 years ago.  He’s kind of a simpleminded guy, too much lead in the brain or something.  Put on the T-shirt, get into the Recreator, go back to a world when people thought drones were cool.

I know there were people who used to feel that way.  I’ve been in the Recreator a time or two myself.  People were so incredibly naive about drones.  “Hey, let’s build a cool mini-airplane that will fly around and spy on people, drop bombs on them.”  Yeah, and then what happens when the offshore Chinese wizards micronize them and sell them around the world?  Well, of course, bad guys get them.  Oh.  We didn’t think of that.

My parents told me that Grandma and Grandpa lived for years, when they were kids, being afraid to move, never knowing whose microdrones might be watching.  It only took one wrong move for some crazy person to decide that someone was a threat and must be eliminated.  And then the drone would fly, dose them, and they’d be gone.  It’s a miracle anyone survived those years.  No, not a miracle.  It’s a testament to the power of raw fear.

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