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A Passing Drone Has Covid-19 Advice

Just an average day in the big city, a passing drone lectures citizens on their social distancing duty:

Science fiction fans are ineluctably drawn to memories of Larry Niven's 1972 story Cloak of Anarchy in which the police watch citizens from drones called copseyes:

Gold dots against blue, basketball-sized, twelve feet up. Each a television eye and a sonic stunner, each a hookup to police headquarters, they were there to enforce the law of the Park...

I'd also reference the commercial fly from Philip K. Dick's 1964 novel The Simulacra:

The commercial, flysized, began to buzz out its message as soon as it managed to force entry. "Say! Haven't you sometimes said to yourself, I'll bet other people in restaurants can see me! And you're puzzled as to what to do about this serious, baffling problem of being conspicuous, especially-"

Chic crushed it with his foot.

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