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The future is here: Drones, kids, and more

As I was lazing on a beach in steamy Puerto Rico on Sunday afternoon, a toy drone zoomed over the sands and then hovered at the end of the beach.

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As I was lazing on a beach in steamy Puerto Rico on Sunday afternoon, a toy drone zoomed over the sands and then hovered at the end of the beach. I am guessing the operator was a teenage boy, that the drone had a camera, and that the hover point was over a sunbathing beach babe.

It made me think that the drone-laden military is going to have a hard time keeping up with kids who grow up goofing around drones.

Speaking of which, I saw a drone graffiti machine discussed the other day. And, “Coming soon,” the site promised, a flamethrower addition — just what the firebug in your life needs.

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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