Category: Features

A Summer Drone Schedule

In case you were wondering what is happening in the drone world this summer. James Bridle, A Quiet Disposition June 19th to July 7th, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. James Bridle’s drone art has received a lot of attention recently: his provocative…

Drones in Bosnia

By Arthur Holland Michel The first U.S. military drones to be used in complex, joint tactical operations in an active combat theater were a small squadron of Predators, part of the Air Force Air Combat Command’s 11th Reconnaissance, which were…

Performance Art : “Drones.”

Back in March, a group of undergraduates at Bard College set out to create a piece of drone performance art that reflected the current public debate about drones and meditated on the issues that they were formally studying in our…

News Analysis: Drones vs. Graffiti Artists

By Arthur Holland Michel If you are a graffiti artist, be aware that Germany’s rail company, Deutsche Bahn, has just enlisted drones to make your life harder. The small, 60,000euro drone-copters will fly “almost silently” over German rail yards to…

The Birds, the Drones

By Arthur Holland Michel Daphne du Maurier’s short story The Birds, which is about enormous flocks of birds attacking the human population of the British Isles, reveals to us a fear that we most likely won’t have to endure at…

News Analysis: The Forever War Evermore

By Dan Gettinger There is a storm brewing in Washington over the power to wage war. In a hearing on Capitol Hill last Thursday, the Senate Armed Services Committee heard arguments about the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF),…

Tech: Swarming at UPenn’s GRASP Lab

By Arthur Holland Michel Some of the most exciting and advanced technological developments in the world of drones are coming out of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing & Perception (GRASP) Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. Last year, videos began…

‘Debris’: Picturing The Civilian Toll

by Seojin Jung Debris: The words and images in this collage are taken from the Stanford/NYU report Living Under Drones, which draws on testimony from civilians living in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas to analyze the effect of living with drones.…

Satellites and Cyberwar

By Dan Gettinger A report released earlier this week by the U.S. Department of Defense highlighted a growing tension between the United States and China: cyber intrusions. For the first time, the military accused China of investing in and employing…

What’s That Sound?

By Arthur Holland Michel There is a fallacy going around that the drone derives its name from the droning sound that it produces when it flies. This little piece of untruth has been remarkably tenacious. In fact, pilotless aircraft are…

Is an Autonomous War a Just War?

By Arthur Holland Michel At The Center for the Study of the Drone, we have been troubling ourselves with the question of whether war carried out entirely by autonomous machines will bring us closer to achieving “just war” – that…