Kanye West: Will a paparazzi drone electrocute my daughter?
In a deposition for a lawsuit brought by a paparazzo against him, the next Steve Jobs muses about the effects drones will have on society.
I imagine Jeff Bezos and Kanye West taking tea at the Ritz.
- Kanye, drones are cool. The whole world will have your autobiography, "More Jobsian than Jobs" delivered to their doors by drone. What could be cooler than that?
The self-styled "next Steve Jobs" gives him an icy stare and explains coldly that the flying machines are a menace to society.
- Yeezus says no.
The deposition was taken as part of a paparazzo's civil suit against West, who got into a physical altercation with the photographer last year. (West pleaded no contest to battery in March, received two years of probation, and was ordered to take anger management classes and do community service.) The modern artist isn't enamored of the tools paparazzi already use and may use more in the future to perform their work.
He declared: "Is your daughter stalked by, like, drones? Are there drones flying where she's trying to learn how to swim at age 1?"
He then went on to muse: "Wouldn't you like to just teach your daughter how to swim without a drone flying? What happens if a drone falls right next to her? Would it electrocute her?"
And then: "Could it fall and hit her if that paparazzi doesn't understand how to remote control the drone over their house?"
There may be heavy doses of sarcasm in West's musings. The essence, though, of his point, is surely a good one.
It's enough that we have tossed our lives online and left them open to the prying of governments and pimpled Russian schoolboys alike.
But to then have machines flying overhead and observing even more than other technologies currently can is to have many lives at the mercy of instant judgments.
Moreover, what will our skies look like (and sound like) when thousands upon thousands of remotely controlled machines flit above us with no known purpose?
Will it seem just a little like Hitchcock's "Birds"? Will we be constantly wondering who's up there, what are they doing and what are they seeing?
In the same deposition, West seems to see great similarities between racial struggle and his own with the paparazzi. That may be over-rotating to the point of Linda Blair in the "Exorcist."
But drones offer one more chance for people to use technology for irritating and intrusive ends, just because they can.