How drones are shedding their military image and moving into cities

As commercial drones become a greater fixture in our everyday lives, their association with their military ancestors will have to be set aside to foster better acceptance, writes international relations practitioner Francesco Bortoluzzi of swissnex Boston.

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The origins and evolution of drone technology have been a central question in the curation of Aerial Futures: The Drone Frontierexternal link at swissnex Bostonexternal link – an event series that aims to connect the Swiss drone ecosystem to the United States. In our ongoing exploration, we surveyed experts in Boston’s research and technology scene to help us understand the origins of commercial drones.

 A history of uneasiness and ambiguity

Francesco Bortoluzzi is an international relations practitioner based in Boston. He serves as Project Coordinator for Academic Relations at swissnex Boston, where he connects the Swiss research and academic

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