The Resident: Drone pilots are anti-drone
A new report by Air Force Colonel Bradley Hoagland indicates that the US is having trouble recruiting volunteers for the drone pilot program. The report poin
Drone “pilots.” That’s an important word here.
And an excellent segue into starting a nomenclatural geekfight. Here goes:
Drones, while they have some autonomous robotic features, are not in and of themselves robots. No more than like, you know, commercialy available cars – complete with cruise control and automatic windshield wipers and auto-dimming headlights. If current military drones, those in use – not the U.S. Air Force’s & U.S. Navy’s research platforms, if those are robots with pilots, then so is a Toyota Corolla.
So where’s the distinction?
“Killer Robots Watching and Raining Death from Above”
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Disingenuous hyperbole sure does get the pageviews, and the ajournalistic bandwaggony rhetoric is likely to continue, but it’s irresponsible, misleading, and inaccurate – and should be called out and made fun of at every possible juncture.
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