Humanitarian Drones: Should AI Powered UAVs be Used for Humanitarian Work? [Op-Ed]

image: UNICEF. 

The following is an Editorial Opinion.

A few months ago, I was honored to have the opportunity to speak with Camille Oren, who with Andrej Verity co-authored a paper published today on Digital Humanitarians titled Artificial Intelligence (AI) Applied to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and its Impact on Humanitarian Action.  I was in good company: other drone journalists, DJI‘s Romeo Durscher (one of the originators of the “Drones for Good” movement) and digital humanitarian Patrick Meier were among those interviewed.

The paper – nearly 50 pages of information on artificial intelligence technologies as applied to drones for good – is well worth reading.  It’s a thoughtful and thought-provoking piece.

I must respectfully disagree with the conclusion, however.

While I hope that every reader will inform themselves, in these times of seemingly unending disasters, it is my considered opinion that drone programs should be implemented without delay in humanitarian programs.  It is true that human operators of AI-powered drones, cars, guns, cell phones and a…

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