Showing posts with label Drones. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Drones. Show all posts

April 6, 2018

Thousands of Google Employees Sign Letter Asking The Company Not To Make Instruments of War

 Small drones are being weaponize but they need accuracy, that's where Google technology comes in

The BBC:
Thousands of Google employees have signed an open letter asking the internet giant to stop working on a project for the US military.
Project Maven involves using artificial intelligence to improve the precision of military drone strikes.
Employees fear Google's involvement will "irreparably damage" its brand.
"We believe that Google should not be in the business of war," says the letter, which is addressed to Google chief executive Sundar Pichai.
"Therefore we ask that Project Maven be cancelled, and that Google draft, publicise and enforce a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology."

No military projects

The letter, which was signed by 3,100 employees - including "dozens of senior engineers", according to the New York Times - says that staff have already raised concerns with senior management internally. Google has more than 88,000 employees worldwide.
In response to concerns raised, the head of Google's cloud business, Diane Greene, assured employees that the technology would not be used to launch weapons, nor would it be used to operate or fly drones.
However, the employees who signed the letter feel that the internet giant is putting users' trust at risk, as well ignoring its "moral and ethical responsibility".
"We cannot outsource the moral responsibility of our technologies to third parties," the letter says.
"Google's stated values make this clear: every one of our users is trusting us. Never jeopardise that. Ever. 
"Building this technology to assist the US government in military surveillance - and potentially lethal outcomes - is not acceptable."

'Non-offensive purposes'

Google confirmed that it was allowing the Pentagon to use some of its image recognition technologies as part of a military project, following an investigative report by tech news site Gizmodo in March. 
A Google spokesperson told the BBC: "Maven is a well-publicised Department of Defense project and Google is working on one part of it - specifically scoped to be for non-offensive purposes and using open-source object recognition software available to any Google Cloud customer. 
"The models are based on unclassified data only. The technology is used to flag images for human review and is intended to save lives and save people from having to do highly tedious work.
"Any military use of machine learning naturally raises valid concerns. We're actively engaged across the company in a comprehensive discussion of this important topic and also with outside experts, as we continue to develop our policies around the development and use of our machine learning technologies." 
The internet giant is working on developing policies for the use of its artificial intelligence technologies. 

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February 18, 2016

The Largest Drone today is a Submarine

 130 ft. long does not need human intervention for 60-90 days

DARPA released its concept for an autonomous marine drone a year ago, and now it's a reality.

The drone is the largest unmanned surface vehicle ever built, coming in at 130-feet long, Steve Walker, DARPA deputy director, said in a Feb. 10 press briefing according to National Defense Magazine. Called the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel, or ACTUV for short, the marine drone is capable of navigating the seas entirely on its own.

The marine drone will be observed by the Office of Naval Research and the Space and Naval Systems Warfare Command for 18 months starting in April, Walker said at the press briefing. The ACTUV could be used for purposes like reconnaissance and resupply.

“Imagine an unmanned surface vessel following all the laws of the sea on its own and operating with manned surface and unmanned underwater vehicles,” Walker said.

The ACTUV will use sonar to detect other vessels in the water and will allow it follow disel electric submarines, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Navy sonar buoys will help the drone navigate before its internal software kicks in. The drone's first mission could be as soon as 2017.

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The drone can operate for 60 to 90 days without any interference from a crew member, Christian Science also reported.

DARPA received almost $3 billion for the 2017 fiscal year that was split up to fund three strategic areas, one of which is called "rethinking complex military systems." The drone was made as part of that strategic area, which aims to "build highly capable military systems, especially to prepare for fights with highly capable adversaries."

Watch the ACTUV rendering below: 

November 16, 2015

Head Cutter "Jihad John” Looses the Fight with a US Drone


Click on the following link to read how this British IT guy became a self made star taking heads off.
I always hoped to see him the way we saw Sadam Hussein being hung and the Libyan Leader killed with a butt of a gun down his extremities. Killed the way they killed so many innocent people. This coward was finally caught in his car by a robot (US made drone) guided by a young IT pilot. The interactive Graphic below will give you more information on this man.

August 25, 2014

Drones to the Rescue: Protecting wild life



Robots are catching poachers red-handed and giving biologists a cheap way to keep tabs on endangered animals.

 Drones may have acquired a Terminator-like reputation as robotic agents of destruction, but when it comes to wildlife, they’re more like Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2: They’re here tp.              
Environmentalists are dispatching drones to help save dolphins at the cove in Taiji, Japan, and whales in the Faeroe Islands. In Costa Rica, meanwhile, conservationist commandos deploy an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to intercept illegal fishing boats in a marine sanctuary in the latest episode of The Operatives, a new television series that airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Pivot TV, the television network owned by Participant Media, TakePart’s parent company. (A preview is above.)
The use of drones for conservation purposes is in its infancy, but the technology holds great promise for conducting censuses on wildlife, monitoring habitat, and performing other biological research. They are also well suited for use in combat zones and for fighting animal poaching and smuggling.
There’s another big bonus: Researchers don’t have to risk dying in small-plane crashes, the leading cause of death among wildlife biologists, according to a 2003 study in the Wildlife Society Bulletin.
In other words, drones can protect the lives of scientists as well as the animals they are studying.
But drones’ greatest strength is that they’re cheap: They can be operated for a fraction of the cost of conventional airplanes and helicopters, experts say.
“I’m very positive on the potential of these systems, or I wouldn’t have been working with them for as long as I have,” said Franklin Percival, a United States Geological Survey researcher who works with the University of Florida. “It’s extraordinarily exciting for a guy nearing retirement at 71.”
Percival avoids the word “drone,” preferring to call them UAVs. Drones, he said, are weaponized killing machines deployed by the military, whereas UAVs are armed only with
One organization spearheading the use of drones is Conservation Drones. Founded just two years ago, the group has helped hundreds of nonprofits, scientists, and government officials in more than a dozen countries.
 Ecologists Lian Pin Koh and Serge Wich, the cofounders of Conservation Drones, first got the idea to use UAVs from Wich’s 20 years of studying orangutans in Indonesia. Koh had begun flying remote-controlled airplanes as a hobby and one day suggested that they attempt to send one of the toy planes aloft, with cameras attached, over a forested area of Sumatra.
The resulting photographs offered high enough resolutions to not only count orangutan nests but discern the kinds of leaves and twigs used to build them.
The total cost for one drone was less than $1,000, far below the cost of renting an airplane or a helicopter or sending researchers, their gear, and food into the forest on foot.
Today UAVs are helping conduct wildlife research around the world.
In Colorado, for example, researchers with the USGS found that drone surveys of migrating sandhill cranes were more accurate than ground studies, in part because the UAVs can fly over nesting areas without scaring the birds away.
Percival’s team from the University of Florida has flown drones to complete an accurate census of nesting waterfowl in that state, where 20,000 nests can be found in a two-mile stretch. The drones take thousands of GPS-stamped photos. The photos are patched together by computers and let researchers identify every single bird.
UAVs are not foolproof. “There’s a cost to working with things that are not fully baked yet," Percival said, the vehicles’ limited geographic range and their tendency to crash. "There are tons of limitations and drawbacks." 
“Things can go wrong,” he said. “What goes up is going to come down, and it will land 100 percent of the time, but not just like you want it to.”
Drones can also be a hazard to aircraft, which has led the Federal Aviation Administration to strictly regulate their use.
UAVs can also disturb the wildlife they were meant to monitor and annoy visitors who come to see the animals, according to the National Park Service, which has banned the use of conservation drones at a number of parks and monuments in Utah and Arizona, including Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon. The NPS plans to extend the ban to some 84 million acres of public land and waterways.
Drones are not only helpful for conservation; they are ideal for filmmakers producing documentaries about conservation. 

Louie Psihoyos, director of the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, about the annual dolphin slaughter in Japan, used a drone to film one of the last scenes in the movie.
“We knew it would be dramatic to shoot the red blood and get a sense of scale of what the cove looked like,” he said. Even though he deployed a noisy, gas-powered vehicle (most drones today are electric and virtually silent), “the fishermen doing their dirty deeds never even noticed it.”
Psihoyos agreed that drones are not perfect. His company has lost three of its four UAVs in crashes.
“One outing on a drone can cost about 10 percent of renting an airplane and pilot,” he said, “as long as you don’t lose the whole thing in the water.”

March 24, 2014

Drone Captures Scene at East Harlem Gas Explossion

Cell phone cameras were no match for his high-flying drone.
Brian Wilson captured stunning aerial images Wednesday of the buildings flattened by an explosion on Park Ave. at E. 116th St. — thanks to his camera-equipped whirlybird.
“When the smoke cleared, you could see everything, where the buildings separated, where the walls fell, the debris scattered on the Metro-North tracks across the street,” said Wilson, 45, a business systems expert.
Aerial view of the scene of today's explosion at 1646 Park Ave., New York, NY, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (Brian Wilson) BRIAN WILSON
An aerial view of the builidng explosion and collapse in East Harlem shot by Brian Wilson.
Wilson said he heard about the explosion from his roommate and immediately jumped in a cab with his flying camera and headed to the scene.
“I mostly use it to shoot real estate or sports events,” he said of his DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter. “This was the first time I used it for breaking news.”
Brian Wilson launches a small drone equipped with a video camera to fly over the scene of an explosion an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings in East Harlem, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in New York. Wilson says he uses the aerial drone to document buildings, weddings and news events. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)MARK LENNIHAN/AP
Brian Wilson launches his drone at the scene of the fatal blast. It flew for about 30 minutes.
He said when he reached the chaotic scene, the smoke was so thick he could barely see.
Cops questioned him about his four-blade, 3-pound gadget, but allowed him to launch.
A camera drone flown by Brian Wilson flies near the scene where two buildings were destroyed in an explosion, in the East Harlem section in New York City, March 12, 2014. Two New York buildings collapsed on Wednesday in an explosion believed to be caused by a gas leak, killing two people, injuring at least 22, and setting off a search for more feared trapped in the debris, officials said.   REUTERS/Mike Segar   (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS
The four-blade DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter weighs about three pounds.
Wilson said he sent the drone up 150 to 200 feet and shot for about 30 minutes before his battery ran down.
“At the end, the cops said they’d prefer if I didn’t fly in the area anymore, so I stopped,” he said.
A New York City police officer tells Brian Wilson (R) to land the drone that he was flying over the scene where two buildings were destroyed in an explosion, in the East Harlem section in New York City, March 12, 2014. Two New York buildings collapsed on Wednesday in an explosion believed to be caused by a gas leak, killing two people, injuring at least 22, and setting off a search for more feared trapped in the debris, officials said.   REUTERS/Mike Segar   (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS
Eventually the police asked Wilson to land his camera drone, after he captured about a half hour of video.

April 12, 2013

The Drones Up In The Sky This Time for Defending Animals

Officers inspect a drone launched by animal rights group SHARK after it was shot down in November in Pennsylvania.According to this CNN -posting - Another animal rights group is shopping for drones it will use to watch for animal abuse -- and gun owners are setting their sights in anticipation.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said this week it plans to purchase drones -- small, remote-controlled, camera-carrying aircraft -- to watch for illegal activity among hunters.
In a press release, PETA said it would "monitor those who are out in the woods with death on their minds," using spotlights or feed lures, or drinking alcohol while in possession of a firearm. PETA also intends to fly the remote-controlled aircraft over factory farms, fishing spots and "other venues where animals routinely suffer and die," it said.

The group doesn't yet have any drones or specific locations where it intends to fly them, and organizers don't know when they'll attempt to put them in the air. The organization wants to watch bear hunters, in particular, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk told CNN. Bear hunting is legal, but Newkirk said PETA would look for hunters luring bears with food or killing mothers with cubs at their sides.
"The talk is usually about drones being used as killing machines, but PETA drones will be used to save lives," Newkirk said in a news release. 

In the United States, people can fly model aircraft without approval from the Federal Aviation Administration if they keep the drone in line of sight, lower than 400 feet above ground and away from airports and air traffic. Other types of unmanned aircraft systems need FAA approval, according to the agency.
Newkirk said PETA plans to follow U.S. requirements while flying drones and will fly them overseas, where there may be fewer restrictions. PETA is active in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Hong Kong and India.
As news of PETA's plan spread, gun owners reacted online. The shooting sports website AmmoLand responded by posting a PETA drone practice target for readers to use at the shooting range.
"Sounds to me like this will create a whole new shooting sport," the site said. "PETA Drone Target Shooting."
Readers at the blog posted similar comments.
Newkirk said she wasn't concerned.
"I'd rather have them shoot something inanimate than an innocent doe," she said. "It's not the bedroom; it's the great outdoors, so let's see what they're up to."
It isn't the first time an animal rights group has considered using drones to track hunters. Showing Animals Respect and Kindness, or SHARK, has launched camera-carrying aircraft hundreds of times to film pigeon shoots, said Steve Hindi, the organization's president. During pigeon shoots, hunters try to shoot birds after they're released from cages or mechanically launched. Hindi posts the footage online and sends links to state and local law enforcement, but hasn't gotten much response.
Twice, SHARK's drones have been shot while filming pigeon shoots at Wing Pointe shooting resort in Berks County, Pennsylvania, Hindi said. In a press release from November, SHARK said the camera feed went out on a drone camera after a single shot from the shooting range.
State police investigators said they couldn't identify who shot the drone at Wing Pointe, and couldn't prove whether it was an accident, said David Beohm, spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Police. Beohm said the drone was flying in airspace restricted by the FAA.
Hindi said he doesn't believe the shooting was an accident.
"It was a damn good shot," he said.

CNN contacted Wing Pointe, but representatives declined to comment. Pigeon shoots are legal in Pennsylvania.
Law enforcement officers tried to prevent SHARK from flying a drone in South Carolina in February 2012, Hindi said. A shot brought down the drone soon after it went into the air, and it crashed into a highway, Hindi said.
The Colleton County Sheriff's Office filed an incident report. It's still an open case, and no one has been charged.
Hindi said he's gotten calls from people who say they'll fly drones over his house. He said he doesn't care, and that he'll continue to fly drones as long as it's legal.
"We have these knee-jerk reactions about drones, when the average person has no worries," he said.

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