12 years ago
Apparently, the drones are capturing so much video information, that
the military has to hire thousands of analysts who watch those
I have a suggestion.
First, let me digress and mention the fact that my site algebra.com
has hundreds of volunteer math tutors who help students for free. They
do so just because they like to (and they like the thank you
letters). Some people are true addicts and do dozens of questions per
In light of this, I would think that there are at least thousands of
bored American patriots, with plenty of time on their hands, who would
want to help the military fight the war.
And the suggestion is to let them watch the current videos, as
captured by drones, and comment on the activities that they
observe. There is a few very basic things that could be done to ensure
that "wrong people" do not interfere with military operations: they
can be assigned to people on a random basis, without them knowing the
actual area where the videos are being taken, and second, more than
one volunteer wuld be assigned per video (so that purposely "not
noticing" some acttivity would not be helpful to terrorists). Third,
every signin would have a reputation, based on how they agree with
Some very basic security like requiring an SSN and income from latest
IRS form 1040, would also cut down on the number of potential
The volunteers, obviously, would simply highlight current goings on
and recommend a military analyst to have a second look. They would not
be authorizing strikes or anything like that.
I would think that with the actual quality of drone video, some very
basic instruction should be enough to prepare people for the job at
All that it really requires is a streaming website, database system,
and a authorization system.