The Department of Homeland Security is expanding drone use for patrols along the U.S.-Mexico border. How effective are they? And how secure? A class at the University of Texas recently hacked a drone to show its security flaws. We talk about the value of drones, plus how colleges are expanding into drone studies and whether there will be profitable jobs in the future.
The number of police agencies across the country interested in using drone technology is growing fast. But, there has been no public debate about how far this technology will allow police powers to reach before it starts to impeded on our rights as citizens. Will Metro ever use drones to arrest citizens? It's already happened on US soil.
Unmanned drones flown out of Creech Air Force Base were recently infected with a computer virus that logged the keystrokes of operators. Wired Magazine reports the viruses were present in some drones as they flew missions over Afghanistan.
Brookings scholar Peter Singer's book "Wired for War," explains the realities of technology like unmanned drones, in modern warfare. Singer comes to UNLV as a visiting scholar at Brookings Mountain West and he'll give a lecture Tuesday (3/22) night called "Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21 Century.