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# drones - Friday 12 October, 2012

'Legal violations' caused by US military and CIA use of Shannon Airport outlined in new booklet

Irish peace groups have outlined the “aviation, human rights, and international humanitarian law” which are being violated by the use of the airport by foreign military.

# drones - Wednesday 5 September, 2012

The Evening Fix... now with added illuminated drones Need To Know This post contains videos

The Evening Fix... now with added illuminated drones

Things we learned, loved and shared today.

# drones - Sunday 8 July, 2012

Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads

The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.

# drones - Friday 22 June, 2012

The Daily Fix: Friday

All the day’s main news, plus a few bits and pieces you may have missed along the way…

Drone group held under terrorist act at London airport after Dublin show

Meanwhile the Irish Aviation Authority has said that it is investigating the use of unmanned drones for filming in the city centre.

# drones - Thursday 21 June, 2012

The Daily Fix: Thursday Daily Fix This post contains videos

The Daily Fix: Thursday

All the day’s main news, plus a few bits and pieces you may have missed along the way…

From The Daily Edge VIDEO: Drone 'spies' on Mountjoy, and the Facebook and Google offices Hack The City This post contains videos

VIDEO: Drone 'spies' on Mountjoy, and the Facebook and Google offices

Helicopter drones were launched around Dublin city to capture images of inaccessible places…

# drones - Tuesday 1 May, 2012

Use of drones 'ethical' and 'wise' says White House adviser Drones This post contains videos

Use of drones 'ethical' and 'wise' says White House adviser

Counter-terrorism chief John Brennan defended US drone attacks.

# drones - Sunday 22 April, 2012

From The Daily Edge Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads Attacks

Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads

The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.

# drones - Sunday 5 February, 2012

From The Daily Edge Video: Watch this incredible (and unnerving) footage of a drone swarm Drones This post contains videos

Video: Watch this incredible (and unnerving) footage of a drone swarm

The drones can coordinate their movements to fly in formation.

# drones - Monday 5 December, 2011

US vacating air base in Pakistan used by drones

Islamabad demanded the vacation of an airbase used by US drones in response to NATO airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

# drones - Sunday 30 October, 2011

Suspected US drones kill 6 in Pakistan

Six alleged militants have been killed by suspected American drone aircraft on the Pakistan-Afghan border.

# drones - Friday 22 April, 2011

Libyan battle 'heading toward a stalemate'

The US’ most senior army official made the comments even as he said that 30-40 per cent of pro-Gaddafi ground forces in Libya had been destroyed.

Armed unmanned drones deployed in Libya

Obama approves missile strikes on military targets using unmanned aircraft, as rebel forces seize a Tunisian border post.

# drones - Tuesday 13 July, 2010

THE BRITISH Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed the future of unmanned fighting in the skies: Taranis.

A prototype of the plane, which has taken more than three million man hours to develop,  was unveiled with plans to launch a working model for flight trials in 2011.

The technology was praised by Defence Minister Gerald Howarth as “the best of our nation’s advanced design and technology”.

It is hoped that Taranis, named after the Celtic god of thunder, will eventually fight combatants by striking targets at long range – even from other continents.

The MoD explains that as “highly trained military crews on the ground” would be in control of the drone plane, targets could be identified from bases thousands of miles away.

However, while the MoD champions the model’s high level of autonomy that very issue has raised serious concerns in other quarters: Critics say that the plane may have difficulty differentiating between combatants and civilians.

Speaking to New Scientist magazine, Noel Sharkey, a robotics engineer specialising in the autonomous military systems, said alarm bells rang for him as he read that the launch information, which explained that the aircraft was a “fully autonomous intelligent system” with applications in “deep missions” and “deep target attack” capability.

Sharkey explained that that “deep mission” is military jargon for “beyond the reach of a remote pilot”.

In other words: the controller on the ground would have no way of identifying the target and the aircraft may decide on its own what constitutes a target.

Sharkey said: “We need to know if this means the robot planes will chose their own targets and destroy them – because they certainly will not have the intelligence to discriminate between civilians and combatants.”

Landmine Action UK have also voiced concerns about autonomous “war robots”, saying that the technology involved in the attack is “as indiscriminate as landmines.”