The pilots, the peopleDrones have been big news over the past few years.Motherboard, part of the VICE media empire, recently posted a great documentary featuring an ex-Drone Pilot.\u00a0Brandon Bryant, a former drone pilot and sensor operator for the of the US Air Force, quit his job after 5 years of being in the Drone program.\u00a0In this documentary,\u00a0Brandon about his feelings of responsibility for the remote killings of people with predator drones, its connection to Germany’s drone program, and why ultimately drone warfare makes us lose our humanity.Documentary Now also interviewed Brandon about the 1626 kills that he and his squadron were credited with (‘credited’ seems so very wrong in this context).The clinical definition of PTSD is an anxiety disorder associated with witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event, think how you would feel if you were part of something that you felt violated the Constitution.The Bureau of Investigative Journalism shares it’s\u00a0complete data sets on drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. (to check the data source for yourself please visit their site).The casualtiesPakistan 2004\u20132015:\u00a0CIA Drone StrikesTotal strikes: 421Obama strikes: 370Total killed: 2,476-3,989Civilians killed: 423-965Children killed: 172-207Injured: 1,158-1,738Yemen 2002\u20132015:\u00a0US Covert ActionConfirmed drone strikes: 105-125Total killed: 485-714Civilians killed: 65-97Children killed: 8-9Injured: 92-221Possible extra drone strikes:79-95Total killed: 332-484Civilians killed: 26-61Children killed: 6-9Injured: 78-105Other covert operations: 15-72Total killed: 156-365Civilians killed: 68-99Children killed: 26-28Injured: 15-102Somalia 2007\u20132015:\u00a0US Covert ActionDrone strikes: 15-19Total killed: 25-108Civilians killed: 0-5Children killed: 0Injured: 2-7Other covert operations: 8-11Total killed: 40-141Civilians killed: 7-47Children killed: 0-2Injured: 11-21AfghanistanConfirmed strikes: 68Total killed: 480-678Civilians killed: 14-42Children killed: 0-18Injured: 27-32Possible extra strikes: 32Total killed: 168-217Civilians killed: 0-3Children killed: 0-2Injured: 9The Extended DialogJames BridleUK artist James Bridle brought some awareness around drones with his\u00a0life-size depiction of a Reaper drone that was placed on Brighton’s seafront in 2013.\u00a0The Reaper drone is used for surveillance and bombing missions, in the declared war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq, and in undeclared conflicts in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere. Such wars are made possible by the invisibility of drones to most people.The aim was to show the stark marking out in a public space so that the\u00a0Reaper drone’s silhouette brings the reality of these technologies into our daily lives. The work critiques the way that contemporary networked technologies, while enabling the digitally saturated culture of the 21st century, can also obscure and distance us from political and moral responsibility.We all live under the shadow of the drone, although most of us are lucky enough not to live under its direct fire. But the attitude they represent – of technology used for obscuration and violence; of the obfuscation of morality and culpability; of the illusion of omniscience and omnipotence; of the lesser value of other people’s lives; of, frankly, endless war – should concern us all.James BridleAnti-drone clothing New York designer Adam Harvey has created an anti-drone clothing collection – “Stealth Wear” – aimed at raising awareness in an ever-growing surveillance state. He calls his marlet ‘fashionably paranoid’.Good KillHollywood is\u00a0joining the discussion as well. Ethan Hawke stars in ‘Good Kill’, a (slightly over dramatized but compelling) film about a drone pilot. The film sees\u00a0Air Force pilot Tom Egan (Ethan Hawke) fight\u00a0from an air-conditioned bunker in the Nevada desert.***Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. He appears at conferences in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe.\u00a0Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.