Posts tagged drones

I’ll be on Esty if you need me.

I’ll be on Esty if you need me.


Toy Soldiers to Killer Robots: Prof Noel Sharkey at TEDxSheffield 2013 (by TEDxTalks)

Noel Sharkey predicts autonomous armed drones will destabilize world security, because there will be no inhibition when it comes to entering pointless wars.

And arguably, best case scenario leads to a modern ‘Mexican stand off’, as they say. Interesting mention regarding robotic moral reasoning/decision making, which is in the works. Also, a couple of the groups he mentions associations with, have previously protested at drone conferences (e.g., CodePink), interested to see what happens this fall. Whatever angle you favor, one of the most important discussions is the dehumanization of war™, and our little think tank is writing a paper about it now. 

Re: Nichey nicheness.

Since some of my work will now involve conflict studies relating to neuropsychology, you can expect to find more posts in this area. Most of you already know about this, so I feel dropping a few bread crumbs about what the hell I’m up to, might be fun. To that end, the February 11th ed. of Time Magazine has a decent introductory overview on drones and manages to squeeze in a few words that cut into a specific research interest of mine:

Drones bring that asymmetrical dynamic out into the real world: a drone is the physical avatar of the virtual presence of a real person. They provoke a new kind of anxiety, quiet unlike the nuclear terror of the 1980s or the conspiracy-theory paranoia of the 1990s. They’re a swarming persistent presence, low-level but ubiquitous and above all anonymous.  [via]

Above: A sample of unmanned aerial vehicles, including the LEMV (1), which can hover for weeks at a time, or the Seafox (5) which hunts and destroys floating mines, the Raven (6) which can deliver real time intel or the Nano (2) equipped with a tiny camera weighing only 19 grams. 

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[Img src Time, Feb 11, 2012, print ed., via]