"The idea I want to push next is that the United States should make Siberia a Protectorate. Pay the Russians off – a hundred, two hundred billion dollars – and simply run Siberia in an ecologically responsible way."
I'm not sure when this was first tried, but here's a brief video showing an eagle-cam in use:
A patent for the basic idea was applied for in 1907; German apothecary Julius Neubronner used pigeons to deliver medications. A homing pigeon was fitted with an aluminium breast harness to which a lightweight time-delayed miniature camera could be attached.
Compare to the Raytron Apparatus from Beyond the Stars (1928) by Ray Cummings.
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