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Take a flying drone for a walk

Take a flying drone for a walk

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“When I started working in this field, the word ‘drone’ wasn’t used at all!” Sergei Lupashin says a little plaintively. “We called them UAVs, unmanned aerial vehicles, and they were clearly flying robots. Nowadays it’s all a bit more mixed up; you have to take extra steps to convince people that what you’re doing is []

15 years of drones at TED, in five GIFs

15 years of drones at TED, in five GIFs

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In 1998, aircraft designer Paul MacCready gave a live demo of his two-ounce unmanned surveillance drone on the TED stage in Monterey. “You see what it sees. Imagine you’re a fly,” he told the assembled audience, who watched the drone’s footage projected onto the screen in front of them. (The moment is captured in the []

Drones, warfare, science fiction and cybercrime. A conversation with P.W. Singer

Drones, warfare, science fiction and cybercrime. A conversation with P.W. Singer

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PW Singer studies the future of warfare. A political scientist specializing in international relations, he’s the author of the bestselling Wired for War, which explores the evolution of robotics in armed conflict; Children at War, about the spreading use of child soldiers; and the forthcoming Cyber Security and Cyber War: What Everyone Needs to Know. He is a senior fellow []

Who’s making the case for — and against — military drones?

Who’s making the case for — and against — military drones?

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Unmanned aerial vehicles — that is, drones — have a lot of people (and entire countries) hot under the collar. Every few days it seems a new report comes out about the death of another group of “faceless” people, whether it’s suspected terrorist leaders or civilians. With little transparency from the governments launching drone strikes, []

“These stupid little bots outperformed any system I’ve ever seen”: an excerpt from Daniel Suarez’s thriller, Kill Decision

“These stupid little bots outperformed any system I’ve ever seen”: an excerpt from Daniel Suarez’s thriller, Kill Decision

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“Kill Decision is a fantastic techno-thriller,” wrote Alexander Rose, executive director of The Long Now Foundation. “As someone who has designed combat robots myself, I found the technology depicted both accurate and chilling.” Former Wired magazine editor-in-chief (and drone enthusiast) Chris Anderson added, “Suarez’s fiction is closer to reality than most people think.”  Here, an exclusive excerpt from Kill []

Drones: will they save us or destroy us?

Drones: will they save us or destroy us?

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This week, we’ll be taking a deep dive into a provocative topic: drones. For all the rhetoric, you might think think that this is a zero sum game: Drones will either destroy the world, or they’ll save it. The truth, of course, is that, well, they’re set to do both. Sophisticated developments see extraordinary advances []

Speedy delivery: Andreas Raptopoulos at TEDGlobal 2013

Speedy delivery: Andreas Raptopoulos at TEDGlobal 2013

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If you’re here from MetaFilter, hi! We’re planning to post this talk in November. –eds Andreas Raptopoulos wants to serve the 1 billion people on Earth with no access to all-season roads — the one-seventh of the world’s population that is too often cut off from critical medicines, supplies and goods. In sub-Saharan Africa alone, []

Conservation drones in the field: Lian Pin Koh at TEDGlobal 2013

Conservation drones in the field: Lian Pin Koh at TEDGlobal 2013

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At TEDGlobal 2013 environmental systems researcher Lian Pin Koh presents a new and unexpectedly benign use for drones: nature conservation. Nepal has natural landscapes that are beautiful — and in danger. But wildlife conservation is costly, and time- and labor-consuming. Behold: Conservation drones, a new tool being used in Nepal to combat wildlife crime. These []

Athletic machines: Raffaello D’Andrea at TEDGlobal 2013

Athletic machines: Raffaello D’Andrea at TEDGlobal 2013

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“Athletic” is a term we use to describe human beings. But could it also be used to describe a machine? In a demo recorded yesterday in his robot lab at TEDGlobal 2013, systems engineer Raffaello D’Andrea shows us that the answer is yes. He demonstrates with quadcopters, mechanically simple flying robots with four propellers.  Their []

When flying robots meet mind control

When flying robots meet mind control

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Everything is a remix, Kirby Ferguson told us at TEDGlobal 2012, explaining that the essence of creativity is the welding together of others’ ideas to form something new. We couldn’t help but think of this when we saw an article on TheVerge.com about researchers at Zhejiang Univeristy’s CCNT lab who have combined brainwave technology and airborne robotics []