Hollywood Already Did Top Gun II... And It Was Terrible

It looks like Top Gun II is back on again after the death of Tony Scott shot the sequel project down to earth in a ball of flames. Our sister site i09 has it that Top Gun II's plot will feature Tom Cruise proving that a human in the cockpit still cannot be beat by a drone. The only problem is that this movie has… » 4/02/14 4:28pm 4/02/14 4:28pm

San Francisco Is Getting A Drone Delivery Service For Pharmacies

It's night and you suddenly realize you need some toothpaste/Vagisil/condoms/off-brand iPhone chargers. But you don't want to wander down to the pharmacy. Well, have no fear, San Francisco is getting drones to deliver it all for you. » 3/13/14 10:20am 3/13/14 10:20am

The U.S. Navy Wants To Use This Massive Drone

We're still picturing drones as small things that may deliver Amazon packages to us one day, but their biggest impact is most likely to come in military surveillance. And the Navy is planning on using a drone that's practically the size of an airliner. » 1/09/14 10:40am 1/09/14 10:40am

This Drone Survival Guide will be a must-have for everyone very soon

This brilliant Drone Survival Guide contains "the silhouettes of the most common drone species used today and in the near future," each drawn to scale and marked as surveillance or killing machines. You can print it yourself (PDF) or order a folded offset print on Chromolux ALU-E mirrored paper. » 12/19/13 11:25am 12/19/13 11:25am

DARPA Tried to Build Skynet in the 1980s

From 1983 to 1993 DARPA spent over $1 billion on a program called the Strategic Computing Initiative. The agency's goal was to push the boundaries of computers, artificial intelligence, and robotics to build something that, in hindsight, looks strikingly similar to the dystopian future of the Terminator movies. They… » 12/18/13 3:58pm 12/18/13 3:58pm

Amazon's Dream Of Flying Robots Delivering Crap Needs 5 Things To Work

Yesterday we got a little glimpse in to the sort of things that make Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' pants tighten, and it's all flying robots dropping boxes. Bezos' drone-delivery system, called Amazon PrimeAir, was introduced with a little video showing how he imagines the service to work. I'm here to tell how it could really » 12/03/13 3:10pm 12/03/13 3:10pm

Amazon Drones Are Truly Revolutionary [Marketing]

The most thrilling [marketing] advancement in recent years was unveiled last night on 60 Minutes. If you missed it—how could you have missed it?—Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos detailed the [marketing] future of his company for millions [of potential customers]: Amazon PrimeAir. The [marketing] future is here, and it is [vague… » 12/02/13 11:14am 12/02/13 11:14am

China's New Drone Looks Just Like America's New Drone, How Weird

As people who clamor for war think that World War III will soon dawn upon us because that's just how the world goes, it looks like China's trying to go drone-for-drone with the Americans. And as the Americans have stepped up the flight testing of their drones, so have the Chinese. And weirdly, they look the same. » 11/23/13 4:59am 11/23/13 4:59am

Boeing Designed and Built This Slick VTOL Drone In Just 27 Days

DARPA's always working on a bunch of crazy projects, whether it's to find the next insane robot hero, or just Star Wars robot arms. On their long list of wants is an unmanned "X-Plane" that can do vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) like the dope-ass F-35B. Boeing whipped up this slick contest entry in 27 days. » 9/15/13 9:36am 9/15/13 9:36am

Skunk Works Is Building a Drone That Carries Cars Instead of Cameras

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works' Transformer TX started out as yet another design for the oft-predicted but never delivered flying car. But it's since turned into an entirely different type of flying machine: an autonomous way for the military to airlift vehicles and cargo to dangerous areas. » 8/19/13 3:30pm 8/19/13 3:30pm

How Underwater Drones Are Searching For the Lost Pilots of WWII

Deep below the Pacific Ocean, dozens of WWII pilots are lying in watery graves, still inside the aircraft took them across the sky decades ago. It's far too late for a rescue, but as Popular Science explains, the people behind the BentProp Project—and their undersea drones—are surfacing these soldiers' incredible… » 8/18/13 4:25pm 8/18/13 4:25pm