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Self-Assembling Robots Using Flying Drones

November 5th, 2012 11:34 admin View Comments

Robotics

mikejuk writes with an excerpt from I Programmer on a neat swarm of robots that use flying drones to build a map of their environment: “How can a swarm of robots get a global picture of its environment? Easy it simply sends up a drone. We are used to thinking of drones as being used for surveillance by humans operating on the ground, but what is good for humans is good for robots too. The drone can view the overall terrain and run simulations of what configurations of robots could best traverse the slopes. Once it has worked out how to assemble the robots into a single machine the drone has to communicate the plan to the swarm using a protocol based on the colored lights they all have. The ground robots adopt a random color and the drone selects the one it wants to communicate with by displaying the same color. They then repeat the process until only one robot has been selected i.e the drone follows the color changes of the selected robot. Of course if you don’t like the idea of human drones flying over your head you may not be happy about robots getting in on the act as well…” Original paper

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Pakastani Politician Detained By US Customs Over Opposition To Drone Strikes

October 28th, 2012 10:40 admin View Comments

The Military

First time accepted submitter Serious Callers Only writes “According to reports, Imran Khan was detained yesterday by US officials for questioning on his views on United States drone strikes in Pakistan. Glenn Greenwald writing for the guardian: ‘On Saturday, Khan boarded a flight from Canada to New York in order to appear at a fundraising lunch and other events. But before the flight could take off, US immigration officials removed him from the plane and detained him for two hours, causing him to miss the flight. On Twitter, Khan reported that he was “interrogated on [his] views on drones” and then added: “My stance is known. Drone attacks must stop.” He then defiantly noted: “Missed flight and sad to miss the Fundraising lunch in NY but nothing will change my stance.”‘”

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Pakastani Politician Detained By US Customs Over Opposition To Drone Strikes

October 28th, 2012 10:40 admin View Comments

Censorship

First time accepted submitter Serious Callers Only writes “According to reports, Imran Khan was detained yesterday by US officials for questioning on his views on United States drone strikes in Pakistan. Glenn Greenwald writing for the guardian: ‘On Saturday, Khan boarded a flight from Canada to New York in order to appear at a fundraising lunch and other events. But before the flight could take off, U.S. immigration officials removed him from the plane and detained him for two hours, causing him to miss the flight. On Twitter, Khan reported that he was “interrogated on [his] views on drones” and then added: “My stance is known. Drone attacks must stop.” He then defiantly noted: “Missed flight and sad to miss the Fundraising lunch in NY but nothing will change my stance.”‘”

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Seattle Police Want More Drones, Even While Two Sit Unused

October 12th, 2012 10:43 admin View Comments

Electronic Frontier Foundation

v3rgEz writes “The Seattle Police Department is seeking to buy more unmanned aerial vehicles (a.k.a. drones) even as the two it currently owns site warehoused until the city develops a policy for their use, documents released as part of the EFF and MuckRock’s Drone Census show. More frightening than the $150,000 price tag? The fact that the drone vendors market the fact that these lease agreements do ‘not require voter approval.’” Does your city or town use drones?

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Stanford-NYU Report: Drone Attacks Illegal, Counterproductive

September 25th, 2012 09:19 admin View Comments

The Military

trbdavies writes “In ‘Living Under Drones,’ investigators from Stanford and NYU Law Schools report on interviews with 130 people in Pakistan about U.S.-led drone attacks there, including 69 survivors and family members of victims. The report affirms Bureau of Investigative Journalism numbers that count ’474 to 884 civilian deaths since 2004, including 176 children’ while ‘only about 2% of drone casualties are top militant leaders.’ It also argues that the attacks violate international law and are counterproductive, stating: ‘Evidence suggests that US strikes have facilitated recruitment to violent non-state armed groups, and motivated further violent attacks One major study shows that 74% of Pakistanis now consider the U.S. an enemy.’”

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Report Hints At Privacy Problem of Drones That Can Recognize Faces

September 15th, 2012 09:26 admin View Comments

Privacy

New submitter inotrollyou writes “Drones are getting more sophisticated, and will soon carry ‘soft’ biometrics and facial recognition software. In other news, sales of hats, tinfoil, and laser pointers go up 150%. Obviously there are major privacy concerns and not everyone is down for this.” It’s not just drones, either: In my old neighborhood in Philadelphia the Orwellian police cameras were everywhere, and they’re being touted as a solution for crime in my Texas neighborhood, too. The report itself is more predictive than proscriptive; under U.S. law, as the Register points out, you can expect less legal as well as practical privacy protection the further you are on the continuum between home and public space.

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Unencrypted GPS Lets Hackers Take Control of Drones

July 1st, 2012 07:19 admin View Comments
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Will Amateur-Controlled Drones Take Over the Skies?

June 25th, 2012 06:39 admin View Comments
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US Air Force Can ‘Accidentally’ Spy On American Citizens For 90 Days

May 9th, 2012 05:01 admin View Comments

United States

AstroPhilosopher writes “Researchers at the Federation of American Scientists have discovered documentation (PDF) that allows the military to keep footage from drones for up to 90 days to determine whether further investigation is warranted. Besides using footage from natural disasters and monitoring of domestic military bases, all that’s truly required is for an operator to ‘accidentally’ have the camera running while flying.”

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Ask Slashdot: Is a Home Drone Feasible?

April 3rd, 2012 04:01 admin View Comments

Technology

dargaud writes “I live in an alpine setting and I’d like to be able to remotely view various remote valleys to check for ice formations for winter climbing. I wonder if there are cheap drones that could do that. Requirements would be: GPS guided on a preset route (no remote control necessary, and anyway there’s no line of sight), at least 20km autonomy, 1 or 2 cameras on the sides to record valley walls, easy launching and autonomous landing (parachute?) at predefined point, ground detection to avoid crashes (if preset route is wrong or GPS echoes on valley walls as is often the case). Is there anything commercially available cheap enough, or any DIY that doesn’t require a year of assembly ?”

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