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Thousands of Top AI Experts Vow to Never Build Lethal Autonomous Weapons Thousands of Top AI Experts Vow to Never Build Lethal Autonomous Weapons

Hundreds of companies and thousands of individuals, many of them researchers and engineers prominent in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence, vowed on Wednesday never to apply their skills toward the creation of autonomous killing machines.

Policing Police Drones, Inheriting Facebook Messages, and Unexplained Sounds: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Policing Police Drones, Inheriting Facebook Messages, and Unexplained Sounds: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

We here at Gizmodo had a lot of questions this week, and we did our best to give you some answers because you’re probably wondering some of the same things. For instance, if you’ve ever asked yourself who is regulating police drones to keep them from being abused, the answer is, “Pretty much nobody is right now, but…

MQ-9B Drone Is First 'Civilian-Registered' Remotely Piloted Aircraft to Cross Atlantic MQ-9B Drone Is First 'Civilian-Registered' Remotely Piloted Aircraft to Cross Atlantic

The first “civilian-registered” remotely piloted drone to ever make a flight across the Atlantic landed at 6:43pm local time (1:45pm ET) in RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire on Wednesday after taking off from Grand Forks, North Dakota on Tuesday, the BBC reported, after traveling nearly 3,800 miles.

Engineer Faces Prison for Stashing Navy Drone Secrets on His Dropbox Engineer Faces Prison for Stashing Navy Drone Secrets on His Dropbox

An electrical engineer secretly uploaded onto his personal Dropbox account thousands of files containing sensitive information about the unmanned underwater vehicles his company was developing for the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research.

Who Will Police Police Drones? Who Will Police Police Drones?

The Police Foundation doesn’t want the police to call drones “drones.” Because of the public’s association with “military-style weapons like the Predator,” the organization’s 311 page report reads, the term “drone” is “a major obstacle to law enforcement’s ability to convince the public” that police drone programs…

Hobbyists Lose Fight to Escape the FAA's Toy Drone Rules Hobbyists Lose Fight to Escape the FAA's Toy Drone Rules

The skies aren’t big enough for everyone. On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit reversed a ruling from last year that found the FAA cannot regulate small drones used by hobbyists. New regulations are expected to come soon, which should please companies that are trying to break into the commercial…

Facebook Scraps Plans to Build Its Own Massive Internet Drones for Its Aquila Project Facebook Scraps Plans to Build Its Own Massive Internet Drones for Its Aquila Project

Facebook has abandoned a key portion of its Aquila project, an effort to build solar-powered, passenger jet-sized drones that would wirelessly connect parts of the developing world to the internet, Business Insider reported on Tuesday.

Journalists Start Using Drones to View Immigrant Detention Camps After Government Blocks Entry Journalists Start Using Drones to View Immigrant Detention Camps After Government Blocks Entry

Reporters are regularly being denied access to America’s concentration camps along the U.S.-Mexico border. And on the rare occasion when they’re allowed in, journalists aren’t permitted to take photos or record video. But some reporters are taking a new approach to the Trump regime’s obstruction. They’re using drones…

The Very Best Beginner Drone

Summer is finally here, which means it’s finally time to replace that drone you crashed on Christmas Day. Here’s some advice. Don’t buy an expensive drone if you don’t know how to fly. Cheap drones have gotten really good, and there’s no better way to hone your skills without exploding money into the side of a tree.

The FCC Lied to You, Facebook Nudes, and WWDC 2018: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week The FCC Lied to You, Facebook Nudes, and WWDC 2018: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Congratulations! If you believed Federal Communications Commission chair Ajit Pai’s evidence-free assertion that someone launched a cyber attack on the agency’s website in 2017, rather than crashed after comedian John Oliver directed the audience of his insanely popular show to weigh in on Pai’s crusade to kill net…

Homeland Security Wants New Powers to Surveil and Destroy Drones in U.S. Airspace Homeland Security Wants New Powers to Surveil and Destroy Drones in U.S. Airspace

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is asking Congress to pass new legislation that would expand the agency’s power to surveil, research, and attack drones in U.S. airspace. Hayley Chang, DHS deputy general counsel, testified yesterday that there are a number of things that DHS “can’t do currently” because of…

Parrot's New Foldable Drone Can Nail Some Crazy Shooting Angles Parrot's New Foldable Drone Can Nail Some Crazy Shooting Angles

Today, drone manufacturer Parrot announced the newest addition to its quadcopter family. The new model, the $700 Anafi, is seemingly Parrot’s answer to the folding DJI Mavic Air. It’s small, shoots 4K HDR video, and and can do a few cool tricks with its gimbal-mounted camera. But when it comes to additional features,…

Watch This Pilot's Frantic Dash to Save His Dying Drone From Drowning in a Lake

It’s the fear of anyone who’s ever spent hundreds of dollars on a drone. You’re out flying, capturing beautiful footage of a lake, when suddenly the battery on your craft begins to die, and the drone starts its pre-programmed slow descent to what should be a safe landing—except that it’s over water. Dave Svorking…

Flying, Hands-Free Umbrellas Just Might Be the Perfect Use For Drones

I’m impressed by the technological leaps and bounds that drones have made over the past few years, but until today, I haven’t had much interest in owning one. I have no need for aerial photography, and I’m happy to leave racing through psychedelic neon courses to the pros. But a hands-free umbrella that autonomously…

A Drone Company Allegedly Brought a Bomb on a Commercial Flight and Fired an Employee for Reporting It A Drone Company Allegedly Brought a Bomb on a Commercial Flight and Fired an Employee for Reporting It

Today in absolutely bonkers allegations, a recently filed lawsuit claims American drone maker AeroVironment transported explosives on a commercial flight and then attempted to cover it up by firing an employee for reporting the incident to the US government.

Trump Administration Taps Google, Passes on Amazon and DJI for Drone Pilot Program Trump Administration Taps Google, Passes on Amazon and DJI for Drone Pilot Program

The US Department of Transportation announced Wednesday the participants in its Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program, which will test drones for a variety of applications otherwise not permitted under current law. Google, Qualcomm, and Microsoft all made the cut, while Amazon and DJI won’t be…

A Swarm of Drones Ruined an FBI Hostage Raid A Swarm of Drones Ruined an FBI Hostage Raid

An FBI hostage rescue team ran into some unexpected obstacles while conducting a raid last winter when a criminal gang unleashed a swarm of drones to disrupt the operation and obscure the view of agents conducting the mission from an elevated observation post.

A Record-Breaking Drone Show Ended With Quadcopters Falling From the Sky A Record-Breaking Drone Show Ended With Quadcopters Falling From the Sky

This weekend, the city of Xi’an, capital of Northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, was host to a record-breaking drone performance, even larger than Intel’s 1,218-drone performance during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics. And while drone maker Ehang Egret nailed the first showing, its second go-round a…

Chicago Advances Bill Allowing Police Drones to Surveil Protestors  Chicago Advances Bill Allowing Police Drones to Surveil Protestors 

An Illinois bill permitting police surveillance drones at protests is igniting a fiery debate in Chicago.

DJI Releases Security Findings It Hopes Will Quash 'Chinese Spying' Fears DJI Releases Security Findings It Hopes Will Quash 'Chinese Spying' Fears

The world’s largest consumer drone maker is pushing back amid swelling concerns that its applications may be insecure, as well as rumors that it may be transmitting sensitive user data to China, where the company was founded more than a decade ago.

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