New San Francisco policy could let city agencies launch drones

Benny Evangelista
San Francisco Chronicle

Five San Francisco agencies, including the fire, port and parks departments, could start flying drones under a set of rules that a city committee is expected to approve Friday.

The Committee on Information Technology’s proposed drone policy focuses on privacy rights, spelling out how how any city agency or employee can use a drone even for seemingly benign flights like search-and-rescue missions or pier inspections.

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Donald Trump is unleashing a killer drone squad as US admiral warns military is hammering ISIS so hard they are RUNNING OUT OF BOMBS

The Sun

THE US has mobilised a fleet of missile capable drones to blitz North Korea amid warnings it is running out of bombs to hit ISIS.

The Grey Eagle drones are designed to carry Hellfire missiles and have reportedly been deployed in South Korea as war looms with the North after Kim Jong-un’s third missile test fire this month. Continue reading “Donald Trump is unleashing a killer drone squad as US admiral warns military is hammering ISIS so hard they are RUNNING OUT OF BOMBS”

Mind hacking: Scientists want new laws to stop our thoughts from being stolen

RT

Researchers have called for radical new legislation protecting people’s thoughts from being stolen and maybe even deleted.

Biomedical ethicists Marcello Ienca and Roberto Andorno believe that while rapid advances in neurotechnology have created opportunities in modern medicine, they also present new challenges for human privacy. Continue reading “Mind hacking: Scientists want new laws to stop our thoughts from being stolen”

Authorities to use eye in the sky for Marathon Monday

Boston Herald

A pair of tethered drones built by a local company will hover over the Boston Marathon starting line in Hopkinton for the first time as part of a high-tech security plan targeting low-tech terror attacks.

Built by Danvers-based CyPhy Works, the Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications drones, or PARC for short, are tethered to the ground with thin wires, letting police survey the crowd with cameras equipped with long-distance zoom, electro-optical and infrared capabilities. Continue reading “Authorities to use eye in the sky for Marathon Monday”

Connecticut Could Become The First State To Give Police Killer Drones

James Holbrooks
The Antimedia

Connecticut It was only a matter of time. On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that lawmakers in Connecticut are currently considering allowing police to use weaponized drones.

“Connecticut lawmakers are considering whether the state should become the first in the country to allow police to use drones outfitted with deadly weapons,” AP writes, “a proposal immediately met with concern by civil rights and liberties advocates.”

The proposed bill, which overwhelmingly passed in the state’s Judiciary Committee and will now head to the House floor, would ban the use of weaponized drones for everyone but police. Rules on how and when cops could use armed drones would be established by the state Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POSTC). Continue reading “Connecticut Could Become The First State To Give Police Killer Drones”

Drone that flies WITHOUT a human pilot has been given permission to hit the skies of Israel in a world first

Daisy Dune The Daily Mail A drone that can fly without the help of humans is one step closer to hitting the skies of Israel. Optimus can fly for half an hour without a human pilot on the controls. Its creator, Airobotics, recently became the first in the world to be granted permission to fly an automated drone. Ran Krauss, CEO of Airobotics, said: ‘Our … Continue reading Drone that flies WITHOUT a human pilot has been given permission to hit the skies of Israel in a world first

Walmart wants to deploy in-store drones

FOX News Tired of searching far-flung corners of a big box retail store for that item you want? Walmart may have a high-tech solution – the retail giant has filed a patent to use drones within its stores. The patent application describes “dispatching an airborne drone to an item located within a retail shopping facility, securing that item of inventory to the airborne drone, and … Continue reading Walmart wants to deploy in-store drones

Drone-catchers emerge on a new aerial frontier

Stephen Nellis
Reuters

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (Reuters) – The enemy drone whined in the distance. The Interceptor, a drone-hunting machine from Silicon Valley startup Airspace Systems, slinked off its launch pad and dashed away in hot pursuit.

The hunter twisted through the air to avoid trees, homed in on its target, fired a Kevlar net to capture it, and then carried the rogue drone back to its base like a bald eagle with a kill.

Airspace is among some 70 companies working on counter-drone systems as small consumer and commercial drones proliferate. But unlike others, it aims to catch drones instead of disabling them or shooting them down.

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Take off for police drones air force: Remote-controlled ‘flying squad’ to chase criminals and hunt for missing people

The Daily Mail

The first 24-hour police drone unit is to be launched, amid fears that forces may have to rely on them because of falling officer numbers.

The ‘flying squad’ will pursue suspects, find missing people and help solve murders. Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry, national spokesman on drones, predicted forces across Britain would soon be using them as they are cheaper than helicopters and can perform some duties of bobbies on the beat. Continue reading “Take off for police drones air force: Remote-controlled ‘flying squad’ to chase criminals and hunt for missing people”

FDNY uses drone to help fight building fire

The New York Post For the first time ever, the FDNY used a drone to help them fight a building fire, an FDNY spokesperson said. The drone became the firefighters’ eyes in the sky Monday, as they worked to extinguish a 4-alarm blaze near Crotona Park North and Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. The Incident Commander was able to get a birds-eye view of the … Continue reading FDNY uses drone to help fight building fire