[ExI] Drones

Henrik Ohrstrom henrik.ohrstrom at gmail.com
Wed Jun 16 12:22:10 UTC 2021


Lethal drone in use since -94
Loiter time is somewhat limited but it is fully autonomous after deployment.

Way too long loiter time. Most of them also quite stupid as drones goes.

Anyone thinking that drone warfare is avoidable have way too thick


Den tis 15 juni 2021 16:11ddraig--- via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> skrev:

> On Tue, 15 Jun 2021 at 23:33, spike jones via extropy-chat <
> extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
>> We knew this was coming several years ago when the quad rotor drones
>> began to show up
> When I was a kid, there was an article in a local newspaper in Melbourne
> about a weird death.  This guy had heard a noise outside, opened his back
> door to see what it was, and a remotely-controlled model airplane flew at
> high speed into his chest as he stood in the doorway, killing him. The
> police said it was a terrible accident, but I always wondered if it
> actually was an accident.  The plane seemed to be remarkably precise in
> it's flight path. I was a kid at the time, and I've never forgotten this
> article.  This was 1978? Something like that.  So, yeah, drones have made
> it easier to kill people (look at the footage of the resistance in Iraq
> dropping explosives onto US tank commanders from a drone) but I've been
> wondering since the 70s why this has taken so long to come about.
> Autonomous drones, though - that's very scary.
> I read a story about the same time - it was in an SF anthology edited by
> Sam Moskowitz, I think (Futures to Infinity).  Looking up the name of the
> story, I've just discovered it was written by Phillip K Dick, which is
> pretty cool to now realise, actually.
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Variety
> The newspaper article and the SF story made a powerful impression on me at
> the time (I was about 10 years old, I think)
> Anyway, there's a pile of things I've carried around in the back of my
> head since I was a kid, wondering when they'd manifest into reality.  The
> newspaper article and "Second Variety" are two of them.
> (I'm still waiting for roads to be dug up for their hydrocarbon content,
> amongst other things).
> Dwayne
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