Sci Fi and Field Test
By Grant Albee
April 18, 2017
Minority Report, directed by Steven Spielberg in 2002, was a story based in the year 2054 where there is a “Pre-crime” police force which stops murders before they act. Those arrested are then sent to prison and are equipped into their own happy virtual reality. A few things intrigue me about this plot, the first of which being the idea of stopping crime before it happens. Though I do not think we will get to a point where we can send people away to prison before they commit a crime, the big data revolution since the turn of the century allows for really accurate detailing of areas of interest and where crimes are more likely to occur. Another piece of technology they had which is relevant in 2017 and could be more so down the road is a universal “optical recognition system.” The system is designed so that everyone in society essentially has a camera implanted in their eye and can recall videos of what they saw whenever they are a witness to a crime. With cell phone cameras currently changing the way our police and judicial system are run, if in a few years many people are wearing things like Google glass or some other wearable tech, then the idea of witnesses recording all the time is not as far fetched as it may have seemed in 2002.
Though I do not have any experience with drones, I am interested in doing my field test with one. I am not sure if this is feasible or if Professor Pacheco would allow it, but my first inclination would be to attach a device like the one that we scanned our bodies with and fly a drone to try to scan a building on campus. I would find someone who has experience flying drones, as I would probably break both the drone and the camera if I tried. If this isn’t possible, I’d like to work out a way to do a field test with drones because it is the technology that I have the least experience with, yet one that could be most useful in my future career.