Category Archives: Civilian drones and robotics

The Urbanization of Drone Warfare: Policing Surplus Populations in the Dronepolis

For actual paper follow this link. Abstract. This paper explores the urbanization of drone warfare and the securitization of the “surplus population.” Defined as a bloc of humanity rendered as structurally unnecessary to a capital-intensive economy, the surplus population is … Continue reading

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300,000 U.S. drones have been registered

A rule requiring all drones that weigh between 0.55 and 55 pounds to be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration, has resulted in close to 300,000 owners coming forward in the first 30 days since registration opened on on Dec. … Continue reading

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WEF:5 million jobs to be lost to robots

More news on the “fourth industrial revolution” (AI and robotics) and its effects on jobs and income inequality. The World Economic Forum (WEF) warned that while this is pushing us into “the fourth industrial revolution” and is transforming the labour markets beyond … Continue reading

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Close encounters of the drone kind

Craig Whitlock at The Washington Post explores the multitude of safety issues created by flying drones in civilian airspace. In the past two years, there were 15 cases of drones flying dangerously close to passenger aircraft in the U.S. According … Continue reading

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63% Americans believe opening U.S. skies to drones is a mistake

A wide-ranging Pew/Smithsonian report looks at U.S. attitudes to future science and technology. The legal and regulatory framework for operating non-military drones is currently the subject of much debate, but the public is largely unenthusiastic: 63% of Americans think it … Continue reading

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Criminals use drones to find cannabis dens

Criminals in the UK are piloting their own heat-seeking drones to locate illegal marijuana farms and then either rob or tax them. According to a local newspaper, there has been a huge surge in the number of hidden cannabis farms … Continue reading

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Google, not Facebook, ends up buying Titan Aerospace solar drone manufacturer

This story updates a previous entry on this site: Facebook to purchase 11,000 drones to “connect Africa” Google is buying Titan Aerospace, which manufactures solar-powered drones, in an effort to bring Internet access to the five billion people worldwide who don’t … Continue reading

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Facebook to purchase 11,000 drones to “connect Africa”

The globalization of human connection is part of a long, centuries-old trend in the “modern age.” But the 21-st century “synchronous world” still has a vast “outside”–a blank spot on the map that is about to be incorporated by a … Continue reading

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What does a surveillance state look like? Part II: Blimps over Baltimore

Two aerostats are to be used to create a vast radar net over a 340-mile stretch of America’s northeast skies. From a 10,000 feet vantage point, the blimps–flown from the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground–will be able to detect cruise missiles … Continue reading

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FAA drone test sites announced

The Federal Aviation Administration announced six states that will develop test sites for drones, a critical next step for the spread of unmanned aircraft across U.S. skies. Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia will host the research … Continue reading

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