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Artificially Intelligent Drones Become Terrifying Killing Machines in Dystopian Short Film

November 13, 2017 - 9:25am

In preparation for this week’s UN Convention on Conventional Weapons in Geneva, Switzerland, the Future of Life Institute has released a disturbing sci-fi short that shows what might happen if we fail to place an international moratorium on autonomous killing machines.


A Drone Captured This Hypnotic Timelapse Footage by Flying in Giant Circles 

November 10, 2017 - 8:41am

Sometimes a unique camera move can produce fascinating footage without the need for special effects or weeks of post-production. For its short film, Low Earth Orbit, Visual Suspect, a Hong Kong-based video production company, simply had a camera drone fly in a giant orbit to capture dizzying aerial footage of…


Any Advice For A New Drone Pilot?

November 7, 2017 - 4:30pm

The unmanned aerial vehicles, quadcopters and/or aerobats we all call “drones” have become so commonplace that you can pick one up in a drug store along with your toilet paper and candy. I have big dreams of flying a fancy one, but today my quest begins modestly.


The LAPD Has Decided It Needs Drones

October 17, 2017 - 9:35pm

The Los Angeles Police Department approved a test program to deploy drones alongside its officers on Tuesday, with the Police Commission voting 3-1 to roll out a year-long “small Unmanned Aerial System” program.


Hey, Maybe Don't Fly Drones Where Firefighters Are Trying to Save Lives

October 16, 2017 - 8:30pm

It’s understandable that UAV enthusiasts might be tempted to grab amazing footage of ongoing disasters like the northern California wildfires—providing a unique perspective of a climate change-fueled catastrophe which has now killed at least 41 people, burned down thousands of buildings and laid waste to hundreds of…


Video Shows US Drone Shot Down by Houthi Rebels in Yemen

October 2, 2017 - 9:55am

On Sunday, a United States-built MQ-9 Reaper drone was shot down in western Yemen, the Pentagon confirmed on Monday.


You Only Have Six Days Left to Make That Sick, Viral Statue of Liberty Drone Video

September 28, 2017 - 1:50pm

The FAA fun police have struck again. The agency has already put restrictions on flying drones over and around national parks, military bases, and airports. Now it has announced it’s restricting drone flights near Department of Interior sites, including the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, and the Hoover Dam.


Incredible Footage of a Drone Racing Up a Mountain Had Me Reaching For a Seatbelt

September 22, 2017 - 7:28am

Remember the RC toys you had as a kid? The ones you would lose control of when they went out of range 50 feet away? Gabriel Kocher’s custom-built camera drone has a range of almost two miles, allowing him to pilot it to the top of a mountain and capture exhilarating footage along the way.


This Footage of a Drone Buzzing a Cargo Train Turned My Stomach Inside Out

September 21, 2017 - 7:54am

Your childhood fantasies of soaring through the air like Iron Man or Superman will seem far less fantastic after this sobering first-person footage of a drone racing alongside a moving cargo train reveals just how terrifying (and slightly nauseating) it would be to actually fly.


Lockheed Martin Destroys Drones in Latest Laser Weapons Demo

September 21, 2017 - 5:38am

Lasers are the future of war. And if this new video by defense company Lockheed Martin is any indication, that future is pretty damn close.


Sit in the Cockpit with this Drone-Like Paper Airplane

September 15, 2017 - 10:52am

In combination with your phone, this drone-like paper airplane, and included VR headset, you can live your dream of piloting your own plane. A camera sits on top of the plane allowing you to see what the plane sees for up to a 10 minute flight up to 300 feet.


Kaleidoscopic Drone Footage Takes You To Mind-Bending Places That Can't Really Exist

September 13, 2017 - 9:13am

It looks like drone pilot and videographer Alban Roinard somehow managed to fly his quadcopter into the dream worlds of Christopher Nolan’s Inception. But watching these European cities fold onto themselves isn’t the result of a million dollars-worth of special effects; it’s just simple mirroring tricks applied to…


Rocket-Powered Ninja Swords Are the Best Way to Take Out a Nuisance Drone

August 28, 2017 - 6:03am

In the United States, it’s illegal to interfere with any aircraft soaring over your property. So if your neighbor’s drone is caught spying on you, you can’t just shoot it out of the air. But apparently the laws are different in Sweden, where you can take down drones using impossibly dangerous weapons; like a…


Hurricane Harvey Drone Footage Is Absolutely Heartbreaking

August 28, 2017 - 4:35am

We’ve all seen plenty of heartbreaking images from Texas this weekend, as vicious floods continue to destroy lives and property in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. But some of the most chilling footage has been taken from the sky, as hobby drones in the region document the devastation that’s still taking place.


DJI Will Turn Off Your Spark Drone if You Don't Update Firmware by September 1st

August 22, 2017 - 7:33pm

Chinese manufacturer DJI has announced that owners of its Spark drone have until September 1st to update their firmware to the latest version or be totally locked out.


116 Experts From 26 Countries Ask UN to Ban Fully Autonomous Weapons Systems

August 20, 2017 - 12:59pm

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Google AI expert Mustafa Suleyman are among 116 experts from 26 countries who have signed a letter to the United Nations asking it to ban autonomous weapons worldwide, warning killer robots could usher in an unprecedented new era of deadly warfare.


American Arrested For Using Drone to Smuggle 13 Pounds of Meth From Mexico

August 20, 2017 - 3:30am

President Trump’s proposed wall along the US-Mexico border is stupid for many reasons. But one of the most obvious reasons is that it’s really easy to get over the wall using modern technology. That’s precisely what an American man did recently when he tried to smuggle 13 pounds of meth from Mexico using a hobby drone.


Taking Down Drones With a $38,000 Stinger Missile Feels Like Overkill

August 17, 2017 - 5:40am

Last week, an amateur drone pilot landed his DJI quadcopter on the deck of Britain’s newest and most advanced aircraft carrier. The incident was accidental, but highlights the irony of how difficult it is to neutralize threats from smaller aircraft like drones that are slowly filling the skies. But perhaps modifying a…


DJI Rolls Out 'Local Data Mode' for Drones After US Army Ban Over Unknown 'Cyber Vulnerabilities'

August 14, 2017 - 8:31pm

Weeks after the US Army told personnel to immediately shelve all drones made by Chinese manufacturer DJI, citing unspecified “cyber vulnerabilities associated with DJI products,” the company has introduced a new “local data mode” for its apps.


US Military Can Now Blast Wayward Hobby Drones Out of the Sky

August 7, 2017 - 2:53pm

Drone enthusiasts take heed: If you don’t want to see your precious drone blasted into a million pieces, keep clear of US military installations.