That thing is a flying lawn mower.– Chris Anderson, Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine and founder of DIY Drones, on the dangers of multi-copters. Remember this next time you think we’re close to flying a multi-copter over a crowd of people or using them to deliver food. To get the horsepower to lift a camera or a tasty treat,...
The Drone Countdown Timeline
Using this timeline generator, I visualized the Center for Democracy and Technology’s Drone Countdown. Because of the template I use for this site, it’s not the greatest treatment ever, but it works.
The Drone Countdown
The Center for Democracy and Technology has written a pair of blog posts that are fantastic resources for anyone following the drone debate in the US. The first is a timeline showing exactly what the FAA Modernization and and Reform Act of 2012 specifies. The second is a call for the FAA to consider the impacts to privacy and a description of how they might do that. Both are interesting and you...
Attack of the Drones – How Surveillance May Change... →
My larger point is that the pressure to create the surveillance society isn’t going to come exclusively from the state. Indeed, we may find ourselves in a surveillance society not because the state demands it, but because we want the tools for our own useful and/or selfish ends. Some people may argue that this may level the playing field between citizens and the state or powerful...
Flying torrent server? The Pirate Bay envisions a... →
I can think of a whole lot of reasons why this is impractical, but the idea is going to get a lot of attention.
Out of 'hobby' class, drones lifting off for... →
Soon, experts predict, drones will be used to transport air cargo. Assist with search-and-rescue. Perform police surveillance. Inspect oil pipelines and sprawling vineyards. Follow and photograph tabloid targets such as Lindsay Lohan. Increasingly capable and affordable, as large as jetliners and as small as oversized Frisbees, drones also raise serious questions about privacy and safety.
Drones over America: What can they see? →
“That is going to be certainly some of the tests of what the limits are going to be provided by [paparazzi],” he says. “The paparazzi will want to use drones if they can, and obviously that’s going to raise some very significant questions.” — John Villasenor, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a professor of electrical engineering at UCLA, in an...