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Drone’s-eye view of Berlin: Watch the TEDSalon intro video

Drone’s-eye view of Berlin: Watch the TEDSalon intro video

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This wow of a video premiered today in Berlin at the first TEDSalon in Germany. Filmmaker Christopher Kippenberger, a pioneer in using drones, asked artists and independent filmmakers to pick a Berlin landmark and use camera-equipped drones to capture it on video. Some of them flew the aircraft daringly over places that have never been []

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 []

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 []