Philippines—And Why We Aren’t Using Them
It’s unfortunate that the first mainstream use of quadcopter drones has been to develop ways to end lives.
It’s unfortunate that the first mainstream use of quadcopter drones has been to develop ways to end lives. Because, in natural disasters like Typhoon Haiyan, they could be invaluable for saving them.
Nelson Paez, CEO of DreamHammer, has been calling his government contacts about this all week. His software, Ballista, is an open source operating system that is being used to control drones under 126 government contracts, more than any other provider.
“It’s unbelievable,” he said, about the lack of drones helping out in the Philippines.
At first glance, Paez’s point of view seems surprising. The last time we sent drones to the Philippines, it was to kill Muslim extremists. The name of the operating system is Ballista, for crying out loud. But Paez thinks it’s just an image problem.
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