Doomsday.

Dronez.

Dronez.

In 1995 the metal band Death released their sixth album called Symbolic. It’s not only technically advanced for it’s time but conceptually, the lyrical content was also dealing with concepts of privacy as can be heard in track 5 titled “1000 Eyes”. It’s a fitting song to play while you watch this test of artificial swarm intelligence in drones. These little things (kind of like the intelligent bugs in MinorityReport) are powered by the latest microtechnology and billions are spent by the defense industry and private sectors to stake an early claim in the rapid deployment of public surveillance and monitoring technologies whilst holding off on public or commercial licences. Keep your eye on the airwaves for government tactics trying to change public perception, showing drones serving some community purpose like finding a lost child. Welcome to the age of advanced observeillance.

Play 1000 eyes while you watch this clip:

Or just read the lyrics…

Crossing the line into the other side
Emerging as prisoners
To the emptiness of time

To the left and to the right
From behind – they’re out of sight
Plunging into a new found
Age of advanced observeillance
A worldwide, foolproof cage

Privacy and intimacy as we know it
Will be a memory
Among many to be passed down
To those who never knew

Living in the pupil of 1,000 eyes

Was it overlooked in front of all our faces?
Now, all the mistakes and secrets
Cannot be erased

Viewing the blind complexity
By which laws were justified
To erase simplicity

To the left and to the right
From behind – they’re out of sight
Plunging into a new found
Age of advanced observeillance
A worldwide, foolproof cage

Privacy and intimacy as we know it
Will be a memory
Among many to be passed down
To those who never knew

We are enslaved now…

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