It went up, then it went down.
The United States military carried out its first ever drone strike in southern Libya against Al Qaeda militants this weekend, signaling a possibly significant expansion of the U.S. counterterrorism campaign in the war-ravaged North African nation.
Google’s TensorFlow AI systems are being used by the US Department of Defense’s Project Maven, which was established in July last year to use machine learning and artificial intelligence to identify and analyze objects in the vast amount of footage captured by US drones.
The first year of the Trump administration alone has resulted in more loss of life from drone strikes than all eight years of Obama’s presidency.
In 2016, President Obama’s last year in office, the United States dropped 26,171 bombs in seven countries, the vast majority (24,287) targeting Syria and Iraq. That amounts to 72 bombs per day – three bombs per hour – every day for the entire year.
Before wireless controlled hobby quadcopters or US military weaponized unmanned aerial vehicles raining death from the sunny skies, and decades before the Australian band formed under the same moniker, there was simply the British punk band, The Drones.