3D Robotics

From Mashable. I'd say that this artist, as talented as he is, is a pretty good candidate for a FAA cease-and-desist. I see no "liberal interpretation of FAA regulations" what would have made these flights permitted. Excerpt:

The three-minute video above is called Our Drone Future, by designer and musician Alex Cornell. It was filmed on a GoPro attached to a DJI Phantom and flown around San Francisco landmarks; Cornell says he shot it with "a liberal interpretation of FAA regulations."

The genius is in what Cornell layers on top of that footage: a conversation between an intelligent drone known only as 212 and her unseen Homeland Security operator, Ethan. The conversation is as mundane as air traffic control, but hints of menace start to poke through.

We learn that the drone can scan for malicious intent; it can detect stress levels across an entire neighborhood and make a crime prediction a la Minority Report. She casually reveals herself to be weaponized. And in a twist ending, we learn that San Francisco "civilians" are also armed and starting to fight back against the drones.

"Our Drone Future explores the technology, capability, and purpose of drones, as their presence becomes an increasingly pervasive reality in the skies of tomorrow," writes Cornell. He doesn't explicitly identify the drones as belonging to Homeland Security — but the HSA logo is right there on the drone control screen.

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  • What a bunch of fear-mongering degenerate asshats!

  • Drone rage or Drone Dream future - it U own chois.
    Future born in our mind and becoming a reality with the help of our hands.
    It's all.

  • Sheeple is a cool word. You save time by saying sheep and supple in one word. Really efficient.
  • This is simply fiction based on Hot Topic, social angst exploitation.

    It done well enough in spite of the technical issues. I question if all the day time aerial images were *completely* made with the Phantom as claimed. (To get such a clean linear shot from above the Golden Gate without FPV would be tough.)

    It is a classic man vs machine trope with the social issues of gun control and an Orwellian Future mixed in.


  • Getting back to the film, I could easily see this as a movie trailer some day.

  • Well, nothing wrong with new ideas for the developers ^^. I personally wouldn't mind to throw away my R/C and my tablet and just talk to my copter and have it talk back to me, especially with such a friendly female voice ^^.

    Wondering if the Pixhawk already would have enough steam for that ^^.

  • I support his idea, but talk about pretentious - claiming to be more safety conscious than NASA because he hasn't killed any astronauts.

  • In their blog Trappy says to one of  "critics"  of amateur drone:

    "First of all, compared to systems designed by NASA, we don't actually mix up feet and meters, and none of our systems have been responsible for the death of anyone - astronaut or otherwise. Secondly, compared to systems designed by the DoD or NASA, we don't transport tonnes of fuel or nuclear bombs at hyperspeeds through the atmosphere. Thirdly, compared to toasters, microwaves or byclicles and other things used around the general population each day, we stack fairly well in terms of safety and reliability. Lastly, we are not deliberately endangering people. We are flying multirotors. If what we are doing is deliberately endangering people then driving a car is partaking in mass homicide.
    And to answer your questions: No I have not had a bad solder joint on any flying device. No I have never had an ESC blow up in the air. And no I have never had a servo fail in the air. We properly test our planes and quads on the ground, where we have had plenty of the above failures and we fix them and re-test.

    In a nutshell: Stop this pretentious bullshit here or you'll get kicked off. You are ill-informed, over-sensationalizing and just plain detrimental to our hobby. That is all.

  • Most often way to use drones is making dumb films about drones =)

  • Not even feeding the press. What the hell is this? Sounds like the tool has overcome the thoughts of what one would do with the tool. (Also, weaponized? WTF?)

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