Politics, Technology, and Language

If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought — George Orwell

Pilotless drone

Posted by metaphorical on 5 February 2007

An angry reader calls the SF Chronicle to complain about a photo caption, and the paper puts it up as a podcast, with no apologies or explanations. Pretty classy, and hilarious.

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2 Responses to “Pilotless drone”

  1. See, now I want to call up that caller and yell at him because nobody uses the word “drone” any more because it’s not precise enough, and for not acknowledging the difference between Remotely Piloted Vehicles (RPVs) (which are possibly “drones” but not entirely “pilotless” because it is piloted by somebody who isn’t in the aircraft) and Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) which are a superset containing both RPVs and autonomous air vehicles (which you might call “drone” but which don’t have a pilot, local or remote) and hybrid vehicles like the Global Star which fly autonomously to where they are needed but which can then be taken over by a remote pilot to perform the specific mission and then put back in autonomous mode. Then there are further distinctions like the UCAV (Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle).

    “drones”. Feh!

  2. Rachel said

    I’m hanging on to this for the next time I feel myself amping up a rant that even I KNOW is going on too long. ‘Tis a great reminder of how sometimes the impact on the ears of the beholder is a tad different than intended.

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