June 8, 2018

By Matthew HutsonJun. 8, 2018 , 3:20 PM Researchers have developed an algorithm that identifies attacks in real time using a drone-mounted camera, raising ethical concerns about misuse or misidentification, The Register reports. It has several steps. First, it identifies people in the shot. Then it estimates their body poses, creating stick figures. It looks at their poses relative to […]

More than 16 years after the first U.S. drone strike, the armed unmanned aerial vehicle remains key to American counterterrorism operations, and the Trump administration is expanding their use. But the weapon has long presented lawmakers, other U.S. leaders, and even our allies with problems of transparency, oversight, and strategy. Now, as administration officials roll […]

Artificial intelligence is amazing in all of its guises, whether that’s a DJI drone using computer vision to stop short of a collision or an Intel-powered UAV using machine learning to identify whales. There are plenty of applications combining AI and drones that are changing lives and industries for the better. However, when developing software, algorithms […]

Affordable consumer technology has made surveillance cheap and commoditized AI software has made it automatic. Those two trends merged this week, when drone manufacturer DJI partnered June 5 with Axon, the company that makes Taser weapons and police body cameras, to sell drones to local police departments around the United States. Now, not only do […]

This sort of dystopian scenario doesn’t sit well with Ewell, however, who reminded me that footage generated by the sheriff’s drone is not even recorded, let alone saved for months or years at a time. In fact, he emphasized, because nothing is currently recorded, “none of it is prosecution or crime-scene related.” The L.A. County […]

America’s use of armed drones is increasing under President Donald Trump, according to a study released Thursday. The report by the nonpartisan Stimson Center think tank looks back at Trump’s drone actions during his first year in office, when he moved quickly to loosen some of the constraints put in place by his predecessor Barack […]