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…

Making Sense of the Drone Reports

By Arthur Holland Michel In just over a week, no fewer than four lengthy reports about drone strikes have been released to the public. Christof Heyns, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings and Ben Emmerson, the UN Special Rapporteur…

Weekly Roundup 10/21

If you would like to receive the Roundup in your inbox, please subscribe below.  News Documents leaked by Edward Snowden show that the CIA has relied on signals intelligence collected by the National Security Agency to conduct drone strikes. The…

Jeh Johnson to Lead Homeland Security

By Dan Gettinger In a ceremony at the White House today, Jeh Johnson was chosen by President Obama to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He is replacing Janet Napolitano, who is leaving to become president of the University…

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…

Weekly Roundup 9/14

If you would like to receive the Roundup in your inbox, please subscribe below.  News Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai urged President Obama to end drone strikes in the northwestern territories of her country. After her meeting at the White…

Book Review: Out of the Mountains

By Dan Gettinger A solitary drone flies over a far away mountain valley in Afghanistan operated by a pilot thousands of miles away on a distant base in the Mojave desert. The drone is the icon of remote-controlled warfare. In…

Plato and Drones

In September, Bard Classics professor Thomas Bartscherer delivered a lecture about drones and Plato’s Republic. Here are the notes.   I. Background reading 1) Virgil, Aeneid, Book III (excerpt) 2) Apollonius Rhodius’s Argonautica, Book II (excerpt) 3) http://livingunderdrones.org/victim-stories/ 4) Conor…

Bard and West Point Debate on Drones

On September 12, Bard and West Point students, cadets and faculty engaged in a public debate at Bard College. The resolution was: drones do more good than harm. The affirmative and negative sides were comprised of a mix of Bard…