Category: Interviews

Interview: Natalie Jeremijenko

By trade, Natalie Jeremijenko is an engineer, an environmentalist and an activist. But everything she does also achieves the condition of art. In a 1997 project called BIT Plane, she flew a camera-equipped remote control plane over Silicon Valley, capturing…

Interview: The Professor of Robot Love

Dr. Julie Carpenter is a leading expert on robot-human relationships. She made headlines in early October when she released her groundbreaking new study on the emotional ties between military personnel and military robots. As a result of the study, which…

Interview: The Aerial Anarchist

Raphael “Trappy” Pirker is the founder and front man of Team Black Sheep, a group of hobbyist drone pilots who have gained global renown, and infamy, for their aerial videos of landscapes and cityscapes from Rio de Janeiro to New…

Interview: John Fendrick

Interview by Dan Gettinger Every month for the past year or so, new stories have emerged predicting that unmanned aerial vehicles could be used on farms across America. On Aug. 25, the Memphis Commercial Appeal wrote that drones could assist…

Interview: Medea Benjamin

Medea Benjamin is an American writer and anti-drone activist. In 2002, she co-founded Code Pink, a women-initiated activist organization that has gained national attention for its protests against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and, more recently, drones. The group…

Interview: Heather Layton and Brian Bailey

Heather Layton and Brian Bailey are activists, artists, and social interventionists based in Rochester, New York. Their exhibition Home Drone, at the Hampden Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, was a critically acclaimed exploration of what they considered the…

Learning to Fly: a Day with the Tushevs

By Arthur Holland Michel “I do this because it is fun,” Georgi Tushev told me as he loaded a lipo battery into his drone. We were in an enormous oval-shaped parking lot in the Rockaways, a slender peninsula at the…