Firefighters add drone incursions to threats faced in a wildfire

Firefighters add drone incursions to threats faced in a wildfire

By Ben Moffat / Cronkite News It used to be that firefighters’ biggest worries in a wildfire might be unpredictable winds, rocky terrain and scorching heat. That was before the advent of affordable, readily available aerial drones. Firefighters battling the Goodwin Fire in central Arizona had to suspend operations twice in one week after drones […]

Oklahoma residents may soon have the right to shoot down nosy drones

Oklahoma residents may soon have the right to shoot down nosy drones

By Sam Rolley / Personal Liberty Digest Currently, you could find yourself in legal trouble for shooting down a drone even if it’s hovering over private property. A proposed Oklahoma law aims to change that. Consumer drone technology which allows hobbyists to take high definition video via remote controlled aerial vehicles has created a new […]

Utah considering drone harassment of livestock as a crime

Utah considering drone harassment of livestock as a crime

From the Westerner Blog HB217, a bill sponsored by Rep. Scott Chew, was unanimously approved in the House on Tuesday. It now moves to the Utah Senate. The legislation would make it a class B misdemeanor if a person knowingly uses an ATV, dog, or drone to harm or harass livestock. If the animal is […]

Decentralize everything: How to avoid the technocratic nightmare

Decentralize everything: How to avoid the technocratic nightmare

The metaphorical ink was hardly dry on last week’s “2017: Year of Technocracy” editorial when a flood of stories twittered their way across the newswire to confirm my predictions in spades: CES 2017 is all about cars, drones, smart devices, TVs, and drones Staying Off Grid When “Nearly Everything Is Chipped, Almost Everything Is Tracked” […]

Aussie faces $9k fine for viral sausage delivery-by-drone video: Reports

Aussie faces $9k fine for viral sausage delivery-by-drone video: Reports

An Australian man who used his drone to have a sausage delivered to his Sunbury, Victoria home is now facing hefty fines from federal regulators. Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has opened an investigation into a viral video showing the sausage stunt, a spokesman for the agency said Wednesday. The video footage shows an […]

China to monitor South China Sea with drones

China to monitor South China Sea with drones

China intends to monitor its disputed claims in the South China Sea with drones that are ‘especially stealthy,’ reports IANS. The main reason behind this agenda is to keep tabs on exploitation of the oil and mineral rights in the region, along with monitoring possible military developments. The drones will be linked to the Chinese […]

Tiny drones win over Army grunts. Big bots? Not so much

Tiny drones win over Army grunts. Big bots? Not so much

A soldier holds a PD-100 mini-drone during the PACMAN-I experiment in Hawaii. Tiny drones, no bigger than your palm, were the big stars of an Army experiment in Hawaii, participants told Breaking Defense. Larger ground robots, however, struggled in the jungle. Staff Sergeant James Roe told me he was “blown away” by the PD-100 Black […]

Eric Wamser named first Californian arrested for flying drones over wildfires

Eric Wamser named first Californian arrested for flying drones over wildfires

California authorities have made their first arrest linked to a drone operator who allegedly interfered with firefighters’ efforts to battle wildfires. Eric Wamser, 57, was detained in Foresthill last Friday by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection last Friday after wildfire footage was uploaded to social media. The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday […]

Walmart working on drones to replace workers

Walmart working on drones to replace workers

Business Insider Walmart’s VP of Emerging Sciences Shekar Natarajan demoed the retailer’s new [drone] technology to reporters from a Bentonville, Arkansas, distribution center on the eve of its annual shareholders meeting. The drone technology will be replacing the jobs of inventory quality assurance employees, cutting inventory checks across massive distribution centers (the one in Bentonville […]

Drones could follow trails to find lost hikers

Drones could follow trails to find lost hikers

From Freedom’s Phoenix Now, it’s also looking like a drone might come to your aid if you should get lost in the woods. That’s because scientists have developed machine learning-based software that already allows quadcopters to follow forest paths better than humans. The program was created by researchers at the University of Zurich, the Università […]