Rise of the Drones

Drones Are the Hot New Frontier For Top Law Firms

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At the rate we’re going, drones are going to be a part of everything. Forget wedding photography and earth-porn GoPro videos — major real estate firms, agriculture companies and delivery giants are looking at small fleets of quadcopters for the future of their business. Unfortunately, no one understands exactly how to do that right now without running afoul of the Federal Aviation Administration.

This week, massive international law firm Hunton & Williams opened their “Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Unit,” which is basically a small legal task force for helping Hunton’s clients — which include titanic institutions in energy and finance — deal with slowly incorporating drones into the way they do business. Hunton clients have been coming to them often enough to ask for advice that they need to dedicate full-time resources to drone-specific issues. Read More

Rise of the Drones

Amazon Is Hiring Drone Pilots For Their Delivery Service

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Every college graduate has poured through entry level job listings that ask for “5+ years experience” and wondered, probably aloud and to his or her nagging family, “How is anyone supposed to get experience if every job already requires experience?” Listen, consider yourself lucky — consider how that conversation goes for drone pilots, whose entire industry didn’t even exist five years ago.

Amazon has open job listings for a “Flight Operations Engineer” who would be based in Cambridge, England. In the truly meaningless fashion of job boards, the job requires “5+ years of relevant aviation experience.” Read More

Rise of the Drones

The FAA Says Drone Laws Will Be Ready by the End of the Year

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Back in 2012, when it was becoming clear that the sky would someday be filled with little quadcopters delivering our packages and peaking in our windows, Congress told the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that they had to get it together and have a plan for drone legislation ready by September 15, 2015.

It turns out, we may find out what the FAA has in store in the next month or two. FAA official Jim Williams said during an annual program review that by the end of the year, we’ll finally get a glimpse at FAA’s master plan for how drones will be regulated and controlled in American airspace. Read More

Useful Technology

US Gov. to Hold Summit to Discuss How to Fight Ebola With Robots, Drones

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Having caused more than 4,500 deaths, the Ebola virus has devastated West Africa and terrified the rest of the word. As the virus continues to spread, the need for research and relief is becoming even more crucial.

In November, the U.S. will hold a summit between government officials and roboticists to deliberate the role robots and drones can play in the fight against Ebola. Read More

Rise of the Drones

You Can Now Major In ‘Drones,’ and Make a Fortune When You Graduate

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In the past few years, the most remunerative majors have been in STEM fields like computer science and engineering, and energy-related coursework in petroleum sciences. But there’s a new lucrative major on the rise, meeting the demand of one of technology’s most controversial new developments: Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).

In other words, the newest hot major on campuses across the country is drones. Thirty universities already have UAS programs, where students learn how to fly everything from small quadrocopters to military-grade drones, Business Insider reports. Read More

Fight the Power

‘Cyborg Unplug’ Is a Personal Jammer Against Drones, Glassholes

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Everyone from professional photographers to Martha Stewart is using little quadcopter drones to take stunning landscape videos and aerial photographs. But if you’re a glass-half-empty type — or maybe just a shoot-that-drone-out-of-the-air type — there’s now a handy tech toy to defend you from unwanted surveillance.

An upcoming device called Cyborg Unplug will allow you to disrupt the connections of drones, Google glass, wireless microphones, and other devices to your WiFi connection. The project is led by Glasshole-hater Julian Oliver, and lists the dystopian ‘Stop the Cyborgs’ campaign as an inspiration and “conspirator.” Read More

Rise of the Drones

Google Takes the Wraps Off Its Super Secret Drone Delivery Program

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Oh good, even more drones to be petrified of. This time it’s from Google.

After more than two years of research, the company’s research lab Google X announced Project Wing last night. The plan is to use the flying robots to deliver packages within minutes to its destination. Hmm, that sounds mildly similar to Amazon’s, which is also planning to use drones as delivery vehicles. Read More

Rise of the Drones

Drones Might Soon Harass Disneyland Park Goers

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If all goes as planned, Aladdin’s Magic Carpet will be replaced by a drone.

Walt Disney World is mulling the idea of bringing drones into its theme parks as a way to carry “large puppet-like characters and projection screens during nighttime shows,” reports the Orange County Register.  Last week, three <air quotes> Disney Imagineers </air quotes> filed patents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that outlined their plans of what they would do with the flying robots.  Read More