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A drone has defaced Kendall Jenner's Calvin Klein billboard

It's one small step for man, one giant leap for drone-assisted graffiti vandals

Drones have become a household object; even my mother sent me a text the other day that read, “my drone is watching you”, and she’s the last person I would’ve ever thought would know what one was. Now there’s another reason why for the drone's rise in pop culture – a graffiti artist has used one to vandalise a giant billboard of Kendall Jenner's Calvin Klein ad in New York

On Wednesday morning in New York, a street artist known as KATSU flew a spraypaint-equipped drone up to one of the most pivotal billboard spaces in Soho and defaced Jenner's campaign ad. This wasn't new territory for KATSU (he once used a hacked fire extinguisher to vandalise LA MOCA). 

"It turned out surprisingly well," KATSU told Wired. "It's exciting to see its first potential use as a device for vandalism."

So what does KATSU's concept of drone-assisted street art mean for the future? And is that actually what's at stake?

Drone mayhem has already had a terrifying streak on the West Coast. The state of California had to pass a law banning the flying devices due to overwhelming use from the paparazzi. It’s so like the Wild Wild West that California lawmaker Ed Chau immediately passed an anti-drone bill to curb the use of drones in celebrity photography.

When signing the drone bill, Chau said: "As technology continues to advance and new robotic-like devices become more affordable for the general public, the possibility of an individual’s privacy being invaded substantially increases.”

Those pictures of Bruce Jenner in a dress? Yeah, those photos were probably taken via drone. Women have even reported seeing drones hovering near them on private beaches or lingering outside bedroom windows. (Can you imagine if the Bling Ring kids had access to drones? What a nightmare.) 

So, while selfie sticks are being banned and what not, let’s take a look at the bigger picture, literally. But props to KATSU for teaching us a lesson and getting some press. 

What does the future of art and technology hold for us? Does it make you excited? Or does it make you nervous?