Autonomous drones for the borders of the European Union

Autonomous drones for the borders of the European Union

Autonomous drones can monitor the borders of European countries by 2020: the borders of Hungary, Portugal and Greece for a test phase. In any case, this is the goal of the Portuguese Roborder company that has They obtained financing of 8 million euros from the European Union, through the Horizon 2020 programme. This allocation dates back to 2017, but Article published by The Intercept On Saturday, I discovered this information. The investigative site has gained access to new internal documents, which raises questions about the ethics of such devices.

The drones will use optical, infrared and thermal cameras, radars and radio frequency sensors., writes journalist Zack Campbell, who was able to speak with the developers and a representative of the company. On the other hand, it will not be about linking these devices to a facial recognition system. “The system will just say ‘This being is a human’, nothing more”Kostas Ioannidis, Technical Director of the company.

But The Intercept questions whether this technology could not be used for military purposes and sold to countries outside the European Union, which would call into question the principles for the allocation of European funding. “What would be revolutionary for the companies involved would be a system that would allow swarms of drones to work automatically and in unison for reliable target identification.”Zack Campbell warns.

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