The world of robots is constantly evolving, and regulations are still in the dark ages when it comes to drones. A woman in Portland has reported that a drone was hovering outside of the window of her 26th floor apartment. Even worse – she had neglected to put any clothes on, and she recognized that the drone came equipped with a camera.
So what I can only assume was preceded by a scream and a mad dash to the bedroom, she quickly called the police who informed her that flying a drone was completely legal. Needless to say, she wasn’t happy with that and stated “It was freaky. You don’t expect to be walking around indecent in your apartment and then have this thing potentially recording you.”
Lucky for her, the drone turned out to be on legitimate business, and was being flown by Skyris Imaging, which flies commercial drones. Vaugn from Skyris imaging said that the drone was there taking photographs of the skyline, and was never pointed at her apartment. He went on to say that he had permission from the building owner and his commercials drones are often booked by real estate agents who want to show off the view from an apartment.
Even though it turned out to be innocent this time, it does raise some troubling questions about drones in the future. How do we maintain our privacy when drones can watch our every movement – often unnoticed?