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 “collect evidence” against artists who paint train carriages in the …

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 any point in our lives. And yet, the story, which …

As Seen from Above: A Review of “Close Up at a Distance”

Review of Close Up at a Distance: Mapping, Technology and Politics by Laura Kurgan (Zone Books). by Dan Gettinger Detractors of military drones claim that the physical distance that separates the pilots from their targets is problematic. Fighting a war by way of satellite link is admittedly a foreign idea, something …

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 to circulate of small drones cooperating with each other, independently …

‘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. The report sought to shed light on the psychological, and …

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 offensive cyber weapons aimed at revealing American policy intentions and …