I recently blogged about the potential use of aerial drones as scouting/hunting tools, costs involved in building viable home-made models, and the possible decrease in price with advances in technology and miniaturization. I don’t want to claim that I’m prescient or anything, because we’re not there yet from a commercial product standpoint (of course, SHOT opens next week so who knows what’s coming down the pike), but this YouTube video involving a moose and a civilian hobbyist quad-roter drone gives us a peek of our potential future.

From this story on
Drones can kill terrorists and innocents, they can spy on alleged cattle thieves and help catch rhino poachers, and they can (theoretically) deliver tacos or even the mail. Heretofore underrated, however, has been their potential to thoroughly delight Norwegian hobbyists by allowing them to sneak up on a befuddled moose. From the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation by way of BoingBoing’s Cory Doctorow comes a video of just that. A Norwegian Broadcasting Company employee and a couple of friends were playing around with a camera-equipped quadrotor drone when it happened upon the moose minding its own business in a stand of trees. As they brought the copter in for a closer look, the unsuspecting beast slowly turned and bestowed on the machine what we can only assume was a look of pure existential moose confusion.

Pretty fascinating stuff, and it raises a whole host of legal and ethical questions about how this technology should or shouldn’t be utilized in the field. This is the future, folks. How do we react to it?