When Sharks Turned Up at Their Beach, They Called in Drones

A goal of the SharkEye project is to one day produce automated “shark reports” for beachgoers to help them gauge levels of risk.

#artificial-intelligence, #beaches, #california, #drones-pilotless-planes, #research, #santa-barbara-calif, #sharks, #your-feed-science

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Al Qaeda Feels Losses in Syria and Afghanistan but Stays Resilient

American drones and U.S. allies killed several Qaeda leaders and operatives in the past week. But the organization has “ingrained itself in local communities and conflicts,” according to the U.N.

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Amazon Unveils Drone That Films Inside Your Home. What Could Go Wrong?

On social media, people had some concerns about the Ring Always Home Cam. To put it mildly.

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #cameras, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #drones-pilotless-planes, #privacy

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U.S. Commandos Use Secretive Missiles to Kill Qaeda Leaders in Syria

The specially designed missiles use sharp blades and blunt force, rather than explosive warheads, to kill terrorist leaders.

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U.S. Military Seeks Authority to Expand Counterterrorism Drone War to Kenya

Draft rules for potential airstrikes, drawn up after a Shabab attack at a base in January, are said to be limited and would require Kenyan assent.

#defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #kenya, #military-bases-and-installations, #shabab, #somalia, #terrorism, #united-states-africa-command, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Drone Delivery? Amazon Moves Closer With F.A.A. Approval

The agency said it had issued a certificate clearing the way for the company to use drones to fly packages to its customers’ doorsteps.

#amazon-com-inc, #delivery-services, #drones-pilotless-planes, #federal-aviation-administration, #shopping-and-retail

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Bald Eagle Sends Government Drone Into Lake Michigan

A Michigan state environmental agency, which is abbreviated E.G.L.E., lost a $950 drone in the aerial battle.

#aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #bald-eagles, #drones-pilotless-planes, #lake-michigan, #michigan-department-of-environment-great-lakes-and-energy, #upper-peninsula-mich

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Trump Administration Plans to Bypass Arms Control Pact to Sell Large Armed Drones

The move has been opposed internally by arms control officials and lawmakers trying to limit the proliferation of such drones, especially in countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

#arms-trade, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #general-atomics, #national-security-council, #navarro-peter, #pompeo-mike, #raytheon-company, #state-department, #trump-donald-j

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Popular Chinese-Made Drone Is Found to Have Security Weakness

Researchers found a potential vulnerability in an app that helps power the drones, highlighting U.S. officials’ concerns that Beijing could get access to information about Americans.

#android-operating-system, #china, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #dji-innovations, #drones-pilotless-planes, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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$174 Million Afghan Drone Program Is Riddled With Problems, U.S. Report Says

Overhead surveillance is critical to fighting the Taliban, but the American military’s effort to equip Afghan forces has fallen short, according to an independent watchdog.

#afghan-national-army, #afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Behold Vermont, From Above

These aerial images, stunning in their abstraction, evoke a powerful sense of transcendence and tranquility.

#agriculture-and-farming, #drones-pilotless-planes, #photography, #travel-and-vacations, #vermont

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U.S. Used Missile With Long Blades to Kill Qaeda Leader in Syria

Special Operations forces used a secret weapon designed to limit civilian casualties to strike the Qaeda veteran this month.

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U.S. Watched George Floyd Protests in 15 Cities Using Aerial Surveillance

From Minneapolis to Buffalo, Homeland Security officials dispatched drones, helicopters and airplanes to monitor Black Lives Matter protests.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #drones-pilotless-planes, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #homeland-security-department, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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Kept Out of the Library, a School District Tries Summer Reading by Drone

A Virginia school district, determined not to let a pandemic keep students from their summer reading, is delivering books to students via the drone company run by Alphabet.

#alphabet-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #drones-pilotless-planes, #education-k-12, #libraries-and-librarians, #montgomery-county-va, #passek-kelly, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #virginia, #wing-aviation-llc

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The Drones Were Ready for This Moment

While humans hunker below, aerial robots are taking over as cops, street cleaners, medical assistants, delivery workers and soon — friends?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drones-pilotless-planes, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #robots-and-robotics

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A City Locks Down to Fight Coronavirus, but Robots Come and Go

Like many other places, a community 50 miles outside London went into quarantine. A fleet of delivery robots has been helping with the groceries.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #drones-pilotless-planes, #milton-keynes-england, #nuro-inc, #project-wing, #robots-and-robotics, #starship-technologies

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