There has been a lot of talk lately about how "surveylence drones" could "invade our peresonal privacy." For some reason, the idea of a Predator-like flying camera platform is going to spy on us, 24-7. And for some reason, the Luddites who fear these things think it is a new and terrible government invention that will go peeking in windows and the like.
Yet in all this discussion, I have not seen anyone say comment on manned surveylence; there hasn't been a word about security cameras, police helicopters equipped with exactly the same kind of camera pods, or police officers sitting in unmarked cars hidden behind billboards and bushes or anything else. Nor has anybody commented on the increasing use of camera-equipped helicopters by television news departments.
All those things and people keep tabs on us, sometimes day and night, but nobody complains. Why are "drones" so different, beyond their ability to circle the same area for longer periods of time? All of them are ultimately operated by human pilots who take their instructions from human supervisors. The only difference is, the drones can do it for longer periods of time.
So which is worse: Drones, helicopters or surveylence cameras?
Be specific with your answers.