A promotional video on Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) by the Air Force Research Laboratory, show simulated images of insect-sized drones performing everything from extended surveillance both indoors and outdoors to targeting of locations to lethal missions.
This is reportedly the first time that a full promotional video has been released publicly showcasing the capabilities of these types of drones.
Other technological advances include the potential for perpetual flight, drone-based facial recognition technology, solar power, automated tracking technology, cameras capable of capturing over 30 square miles in a single shot, fully automated weapons systems, drone-borne EMP missiles, tiny drones already deployed in Afghanistan, silent drones and much more.
Combine all of that with the fact that drone use is rapidly expanding domestically with over 80 public entities authorized to fly drones, the military using drones and sharing data with law enforcement, at least one National Guard unit using drones, increasingly frequent police use of drones and colleges and universities offering more drone piloting programs to keep up with this surge and you have a disturbing picture.
In this particular video, we see a bird-like drone perched on a power line, drones the size of insects entering a home and, perhaps most disturbingly, a tiny drone carrying out a "direct attack mission."
We also see a drone much like the one shown here which can be "equipped with incapacitating chemicals, combustible payloads or even explosives for precision targeting capability," fly up behind a man's head and place something which explodes, apparently killing him.