Sramana Majumdar

"Violence, Identity and Self-determination: Narratives of conflict from the Kashmir Valley" 4:15 PM, Monday 18 Nov Room 239, BYC Bryn Mawr College

Exposure Index

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Smile! A Drone Is About to Take Your Picture

In this article, the New York Times considers possible cultural niches for drones.  While the standard fears of safety and privacy are mentioned, it is noteworthy that the focus is on how drones will be used in day-to-day life, instead of just if such integration is possible or even desirable.

Hackers’ guide to grounding drones

While Deer Creek, Colorado may have wanted to take down drones with shotguns and hunting rifles, there are more subtle methods that would probably be difficult to punish.  GPS jammers and directed energy weapons can interfere with the electronics and navigation of drones, bringing them down with no noise and little trouble.  While presented as […]

The Drones of the Future Won’t Kill, They’ll Take Selfies

Constantly recording personal drones maybe be more privacy invading than innocuous to some.  Nevertheless, they are probably more acceptable to the public than the military and government drones.  The Paparazzi drone in particular is interesting as it abandons the common (and perhaps somewhat menacing) quadrotor for a highly stylized design looks like a cartoon helicopter.

As deadline for drone rules nears, FAA issues roadmap for inclusion in the skies

The FAA, under pressure from members of the government, the drone industry, and public interest groups, is moving forwards on developing a framework for domestic drone use.  Many important details remain up in the air, however.  Information on the legal standing of the smaller, hobbyist type drones that will not require traffic control is lacking, […]

Rise of the drone hobbyists

The drone industry owes much to the hobbyists and universities who developed much of the technology.  Going forward, the industry will owe even more to the hobbyists for creating acceptance and familiarity amongst the wider public.  The article mentions the recent story of a man who died in an accident involving his drone helicopter.  The […]

At Drone Conference, Talk of Morals and Toys

At New York University this weekend, there was a drone conference focused on commercial and private use.  Needless to say, privacy and other moral hazards were a major topic.  Or, as the articles author described it, “the checkered reputation remained the day’s subtext.”  Many of the visitors and speakers quoted in the article explicitly connected […]

Drone Pilot Fights for Right to Profit in the Unmanned Skies

The subject of drone regulation is very much up in the air.  As the word “drone” covers anything from a bird-sized toy to something dozens of feet wide, the current blanket rules often seem arbitrary or unfair.  This article describes a man who is arguing in court that the FAA has no authority on unmanned […]

Preflight Turbulence for Commercial Drones

The article examines the “moral hazard” of drone surveillance: airplane surveillance is expensive, drones significantly decrease that cost-effectiveness barrier.

Remote-Controlled Model Helicopter Fatally Strikes Its Operator

Accidental deaths of this sort are a certainty as UAVs become more popular.  Previous accidents such as the German drone near-collision with an passenger liner in Afghanistan  are avoidable with improved integration and air traffic control methods – unfortunate accidents of this sort are far less avoidable.

By 2035, Nearly 100 Million Self-Driving Cars Will Be Sold Per Year, Report Says

The report appears to be on the optimistic side, assuming strong & sustained growth in the automobile market in general.  However, even with more pessimistic assumptions this could be significant business, as well as saving lives if the ethical and legal conundrums can be addressed.