Poor Video Quality Leads To Deadly Mistakes

A US drone operator shares her experience killing people by remote control.

One of the most interesting points is about the role of the (poor) camera / video feed that is so critical in making decisions. As she explains:

"The video provided by a drone is a far cry from clear enough to detect someone carrying a weapon, even on a crystal-clear day with limited clouds and perfect light. This makes it incredibly difficult for the best analysts to identify if someone has weapons for sure. One example comes to mind: 'The feed is so pixelated, what if it's a shovel, and not a weapon?' I felt this confusion constantly, as did my fellow UAV analysts. We always wonder if we killed the right people, if we endangered the wrong people, if we destroyed an innocent civilian's life all because of a bad image or angle."

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