Thursday, September 8, 2016

Drones Through the Decades

Bard College’s Recent Report on Military Unmanned Systems

Posted By on Thu, Sep 8, 2016 at 2:17 PM

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They are out. You are being watched. They are taking photos at concerts, collecting data, and flying around war zones. It isn’t an imaginative Science fiction plot. “Unmanned aerial vehicles,”or drones, are a reality.

The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College has recently released their study “The Drone Revolution Revisited: An Assessment of Military Unmanned Systems in 2016.” People like to know about the technology surrounding them. But this isn’t just a new iPhone release. There are stakeholders, and not all parties are high ranking military operatives or politicians. Bard’s research-based study attempts to bridge a gap between the drone industry and individual.

The study is cumulative and explores drone functions from the past decade. It covers 36 drone types, including air, ground, and maritime models. Infographics detail each drone model’s specs and military program histories.

Most foundation for the report came from P.W. Singer’s groundbreaking book Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century. Written in 2009, it was one of the first books to describe drone technology and helped launch conversation on military usage.

Seven years later, that conversation is continuing. Bard’s report includes an interview with Singer, looking at drone technology’s past and future.

“‘The Drone Revolution Revisited’ provides a truly useful opportunity to pull back and take stock of where we are now and where we are headed to next in the world of 21st-century tech and war that Wired for War tried to capture," Singer says.

Most importantly, the conducive study is free and widely available. The public eye has a chance to decipher the military machine.

Watch a video preview on Bard College’s research.
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