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DRONE OVER RATTLESNAKE PIT CAUSES GRIEF TO BOTH IN VIDEO

Strap a GoPro to a drone and you can capture some incredible footage. UAV technology has revolutionized the way we capture video, but when you get in someone’s business, it can go south quickly.

With that said, there are some places your drone should probably stay out of, like hovering over your neighbor’s home, or buzzing over a rattlesnake pit.

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Take YouTube user Michael Delaney. What starts out as a Steve Irwin-esque video quickly turns into a drone vs. snake battle. The drone almost didn’t make it out alive, and needed some human intervention via a hockey stick to be saved. (To be fair, it was like 20 rattlesnakes to 1 UAV, so maybe the drone would stand a chance in a one-on-one fight.)

Seems like a good reminder not to fly your drone ...

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Why we must stop killer robots before they are built

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AI will do some great things for humanity, but its militarisation would spark an arms race. Photo: Bloomberg

More than 1000 of the leading researchers in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics have on Tuesday signed and published an open letter calling for a ban on offensive autonomous weapons, also known colloquially as “killer robots”.

The letter has been signed by many technologists and experts, including SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, physicist Stephen Hawking, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Skype co-founder Jaan Talinn and linguist and activist Noam Chomsky.

We can get it right at this early stage, or we can stand idly by and witness the birth of a new era of warfare

Musk, Hawking and Wozniak have all recently warned about the dangers that AI poses to mankind...

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This is why you don’t shoot down a drone

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This is not the drone that was shot down.We expect that drone is still at the drone hospital.

Shooting down a drone that’s hovering over your property might seem like a good idea, but as a recent court case shows, it’s definitely not.

Presenting the case of Eric Joe and Brett McBay.  A few months ago, Joe took a ride out to his parents rural property to fly his homemade hexacopter drone. After about three and half minutes of flying, the drone hit the dirt, courtesy of a 12-gauge shotgun.

When he went to collect the drone, he encountered his parent’s neighbor, Brett McBay and his son. According to an interview with arstechnica, when asked if he shot the drone, McBay said, “Yeah, did we get it?”

After examining the downed drone, Joe estimated about $700 worth of damage, and asked McBay to ...

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Drone Heavens: The Unmanned Aircraft Age Is Coming

It’s a quiet morning in San Francisco, with soft sunlight illuminating patches of thick fog billowing over the Golden Gate Bridge. A solitary unmanned aircraft—a 4-pound, battery-powered wedge of impact-resistant foam with a 54-inch wingspan, a single pusher-propeller in the rear, and a GoPro video camera attached to its body—quietly approaches the landmark.

Call them what you want—flying robots, unmanned aircraft, or drones are coming in swarms
Raphael “Trappy” Pirker controls the aircraft from a nearby hill. The bridge is within sight, but the 29-year-old enjoys the scenery through virtual-reality goggles strapped to his head...

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Russia Wants In on a Killer Robot Future so is going to play catch up with the west

Military officials have said that Moscow is developing its own drones — technology on which it lags significantly behind the U.S. — and an unmanned ground vehicle to guard its nuclear missile silos.
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The question of when Russia will deploy giant anthropomorphic battle robots on its borders was on top of the list of things people asked President Vladimir Putin about during his online news conference in 2006.

Putin politely skirted the question. But last March, his special envoy Dmitry Rogozin said that Russia does in fact want lethal robots, though not necessarily giant or even anthropomorphic, and is conducting research in the field.

But Russia also recognizes the implications of creating machines authorized to kill humans, judging by the country’s participation in the firs...

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The first guided .50-caliber drone bullets in this video

Snipers have to take numerous factors into account, including the terrain, weather, wind-resistance, and over long distances, even the curvature of the Earth — at 1,000 yards, the Coreolis Effect will alter a bullet’s trajectory by about .5 moa (Minute of angle). And military snipers have confirmed kills up to 2,707 yd (the current world record). But until now, we haven’t been able to intentionally alter the course of a bullet.

DARPA’s Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program aimed to change that, and in recent tests, demonstrated in-flight guidance of .50-caliber bullets...

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Drones: Next big thing in aviation is small

LONDON (AP) — The next big thing in aviation may be really small.

With some no bigger than a hummingbird, the hottest things at this week’s Farnborough International Airshow are tiny compared with the titans of the sky, such as the Airbus 380 or the Boeing Dreamliner.

What’s got aviation geeks salivating at Farnborough, this year’s biggest aviation jamboree that features participants from 40 countries, are the commercial possibilities of unmanned aerial vehicles – drones to most of us.

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Drones are more commonly known for their use in conflict areas. This week Hamas launched for the first time an unmanned drone into Israeli airspace that was shot down.

But drones, which can weigh less than an ounce, have potential commercial applications that are vast...

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DRONES BEING FOUND FALLING FROM THE SKY IN THE DOZENS ON A REGULAR BASIS. VIDEO SHOWS

These days, things that seem to be falling from the sky could be real: Most likely drones or even Wi-Fi balloons.

Crashed unmanned drone is seen on Baengnyeong

This week was capped by a report from New Zealand that a Google Wi-Fi balloon had tumbled into the ocean, prompting a mistaken rescue attempt.

Earlier in the week, The Washington Post reported: “More than 400 large US military drones have crashed in major accidents around the world since 2001, a record of calamity that exposes the potential dangers of throwing open American skies to drone traffic.”

The Post obtained 50,000 pages of drone accident reports via the US Freedom of Information Act.

So far, no one has died in a drone accident, including a mid-air collision with a US Air Force transport. But crashing drones have narrowly missed people on the ground.

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HUNTING LICENCES ISSUED BY A COLORADO TOWN TO SHOOT DOWN DRONES

HUNTING LICENSES FOR DRONE SHOOTS IN COLORADO USA

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Deer Trail, Colorado (population 600 or so) is to vote on a local ordinance that would allow drone hunting licenses and bounties for shooting down UAVs, according to ABC affiliate KMGH-TV.

Those with a valid drone hunting license will be rewarded US$100 if they present “identifiable parts” of UAVs “known to be owned or operated by the United States federal government,” the draft ordinance states.

“We do not want drones in town,” local Phillip Steel, who came up with the draft, tells KMGH-TV. “They fly in town, they get shot down.”

If passed, the ordinance would see one-year drone hunting licenses sell for $25, and there’s talk of a novelty drone-hunting festival to boost tourism.

To Steel it’s a serious issue, however...

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SPY DRONES USED ON CITIZENS IN USA FOR SECURITY & CRIME PREVENTION

SPY DRONES A NECESSARY ITEM IN COMBATING HOME GROWN CRIME I USA

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The FBI employs drones in domestic surveillance operations, Director Robert Mueller revealed, but said they were used in a “very, very minimal way.”

Mr Mueller, in Senate testimony on Wednesday, acknowledged for the first time that the Federal Bureau of Investigation uses “very few” drones in a limited capacity for surveillance.

“It’s very seldom used and generally used in a particular incident when you need the capability,” Mr Mueller said. “It is very narrowly focused on particularised cases and particularised needs.”

Mr Mueller’s remarks about the FBI’s use of drones — and the regular use of the vehicles by other law enforcement agencies — come as lawmakers and civil liberties groups are raising concerns about the reach of...

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OLI EXPLORATION MAPPING DONE BY AIR DRONES OVER NORWAY

NORWAY AIR DRONES MAP OUT OIL EXPLORATION OUTCROP

Like an army, science needs the high ground. This is true when it comes to oil exploration and especially so in the rugged landscape of Norway. The Virtual Outcrop Geology (VOG) group at the Norwegian Centre for integrated petroleum research (CIPR) is working to capture this vantage point in a distinctly 21st century way, by using UAVs to seek out oil by helping geologists build 3D models of the terrain.

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We tend to think of oil exploration as taking place on desert plains or out in the ocean, but finding oil deposits depends on having a comprehensive understanding of local geology, which is one reason why the question of how much oil we have left sparks so much argument – there’s still so much we don’t know about most of the Earth...

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BEING PARANOID ABOUT SPY DRONES CAN BE GOOD

GREAT TO BE PARANOID ABOUT SPY DRONES

His mind restored by sleep, his bladder finally emptied, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul gave his first interview after a 12-hour drone-policy filibuster to an awed Glenn Beck.

“This man is going to be the logical choice for president of the United States,” Beck told his listeners, just after 10:30 a.m. “He is reasonable, polite, and I believe in a teaching mode right now.” Paul was telling Americans that they “have the right to live, and to have a trial, and to have a warrant. Not just to be killed, gunned down in the streets, or in this case, killed by a drone, because this president or any president says, yeah, take him out.”

The last time most people saw Glenn Beck, he was hosting a Fox News show renowned for its use of a mobile blackboar...

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