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I had to post this link to a doc about drone technology and its use in surveillance and documentation


Thu, January 24 2013 » futurecinema2_2012

3 Responses

  1. sshad January 25 2013 @ 11:18 am

    Reading Reality is Broken, the first thing that came to my mind was the use of drones. Drones are a good example when it comes to inviting computer games in the real life. Having drones instead of real airplanes might have great advantages for the pilot and whoever owns the drones. At the same time it arises so much complexities and questions about the place of the combat zone and the decision making of a soldier in the war. For instance, where is the war zone? A pilot might direct a drone in a war zone from his LA office. Does this make his office or LA part of the battle zone? Secondly, would a virtual pilot directing a drone have the same emotional responses in his decision making? Or is it more like playing a computer game? I think we do need to think a bit thinking more critically when it come to bringing something virtual like computer games into real life issues.

  2. sshad January 25 2013 @ 11:29 am

    Talking about drones, I read P. Singer’s book on drones a few year a ago , I though it might be interesting to mention it here.
    Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century ( Peter W. Singer
    , 2009)

    He doesn’t gets to the idea of disembodiment per se but he talks about the rising complexities in distancing the soldiers from the battle zone and using remote control machines and game like environments.

  3. damncontrol January 30 2013 @ 7:06 pm

    Yeah it is true that territory is shifty – Re where is the war taking place? – I remember being in the Vancouver airport and going into the area to board the plane to the US and you go through security and customs in the Vancouver airport but once you do you are legally in the US though still in the Vancouver airport that’s Vancouver BC. I was taken aback they took my plums they had some kind of ban on bringing plums across the boarder so they took them wouldn’t even let me eat them while I waited to board the plane.