Keynote: Daniel Suarez & the “Kill Decision”

KillDecisionWhile moonlighting as a novelist, Daniel Suarez designed software for finance, entertainment, and defense companies—including a company that would later be acquired by Northrop Grumman.

In his keynote at the Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference, he’ll expand on the themes of his latest novel, “Kill Decision.”

Joi Ito, director of the MIT Media Lab, describes Suarez’s stories as “amazingly scary and plausible” because they’re based on “existing or near future technologies.” Kill Decision has also been praised by Alexander Rose, Roboticist & Executive Director of The Long Now Foundation, and Chris Anderson (3D robotics founder, also speaking at DARC!) who wrote that “Suarez’s fiction is closer to reality than most people think.”

Like P.W. Singer’s Wired for War, Kill Decision explores the history and future directions of the complex military technologies of our time. It’s a well-researched and thought-provoking exploration of “lethal autonomy.” But because it’s a work of fiction, it’s also an intensely readable—with “car chases, skydiving, and sex.”

Register for DARC to hear from Daniel Suarez, and to take part in a law and policy conversation about flying robots and the future. And make sure to stay Friday night for AfterDARC, the live drone demo show, to see some flying robots in action.



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Want to volunteer at DARC?

DARC is a not-for-profit event. We rely on a dedicated group of volunteers to organize and run the conference.

If you’re interested in volunteering at DARC on the days of the event, get in touch!

We’re hosting an informational / meet and greet at NYU at 4pm on Sunday, September 22nd. We’ll introduce you to the DARC team and talk about volunteer opportunities. (If you can’t make this meeting, don’t worry—it won’t be the last).

Volunteering entitles you to free conference registration and a limited edition DARC T-shirt. You’ll also meet lots of cool people, and we’ll feed you breakfast, lunch and dinner. In return, we ask that you help with attendee relations, conference production, and other day-of tasks. You’ll still get to see most of the conference.

For details, drop us a line. See you at DARC!

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Census Uncovers the U.S. “Drone Belt”

This article is generously cross-posted from Future Tense on Be sure to attend DARC  for a chance to meet the authors of this article; they will be expand upon these ideas during their talk.

Image created by Victoria Veluz

Image created by Victoria Veluz

Drones deliver your tacos! Drones walk your kid to school! Behind the headline-grabbing news, a complex ecosystem of industry, legislation, community groups, and research powers the exponential growth in drones.

In order to better understand all of this interconnected activity, Deloitte GovLab, where we work as consultants, decided to conduct a “drone census.” We gathered data on stakeholders driving the drone movement, including: members of the Congressional Unmanned Systems Caucus; do-it-yourself drone groups; American universities researching drone technology; state-by-state unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)legislation; past Certificate of Authorization applicants who applied to the FAA for permission to operate UAVs; and corporate members of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International—a major UAV industry group.

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Meet the head of the AUVSI at DARC

toscanoMichael Toscano leads the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) – it’s the largest trade association dedicated to unmanned systems and robotics. He will bring a unique industry perspective to the conference.

This is a chance to hear his take on the proliferation of unmanned aerial systems domestically; the role of industry in the transition from traditionally foreign use to, now, domestic use as well; and how political and cultural realities are interacting with the business of building flying robots.

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The 101 of Building a Personal Drone

scout1In 2015, the FAA is set to legalize hobby drones in standard airspace. Simultaneously, drones have become ubiquitous in hacker spaces and hobbyist meetups. Though drones are a bit more complicated than your average remote-controlled toy, it’s increasingly possible for hobbyists to fly or program an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Here at DARC, we’re excited to be hosting an “Intro to Hobby Drones” track—four sessions that that will teach all comers, irrespective of tech chops, how to get a drone off the ground.

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“How I Got Into Aerial Photography and Lessons I’ve Learned”

[Editors note: We here at DARC are hugely proud of the amazing group of people coming together throughout the UAS and drone universe.  Among them is Justin Edwards, founder of DroneAbove, a blog focused on aerial photography and one of the hundreds of people we’ve consulted as we’ve planned the event.

In this post Edwards shares a bit of personal history with aerial photography and some advice to up and coming aerial photographers.]

Edwards flying his QAV500 on a job with his son

My name is Justin Edwards and I am the founder of I have been tinkering with remote control stuff since I was 10 years old.  I never really outgrew the hobby and remained casually interested for years.

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Meet the Guys Making Household Drones: Anderson and Seydoux

We are thrilled to announce that two of the most important CEOs in the consumer UAV industry will be speaking at DARC this October: Chris Anderson and Henri Seydoux! Heading up 3D Robotics and Parrot, respectively, they are making aerial robotics accessible to the masses – selling low-cost, ready-to-fly drones to enthusiasts around the world.

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