Drone pilots say their work is nothing like a video game

United States pilots remote-controlling surveillance drones in Afghanistan say their work is nothing like playing a video game, according to a report in Business Insider sharing these pilots' experiences.

United States pilots remote-controlling surveillance drones in Afghanistan say their work is nothing like playing a video game, according to a report in Business Insider sharing these pilots' experiences.

Author Rob Blackhurst asserts that although the pilots carry out operations remotely using a joystick configuration similar to a video game console, the pilots are "softly spoken and sober about the life-and-death decisions with which they were charged," completely opposites of the mentality that video games inspire killing.

"It's anything but," an RAF Reaper pilot called Oz told the publication. "If we act like it's Star Wars, there are people in the command centre watching us and listening to what we do. The taking of human life is not something to be considered lightly. OK, they are bad guys we are killing, but they are still human beings."

Blackhurt writes of the pilots' distaste at comparing the use of armed drones to playing video games. He cites Chris Cole's Armed Drones and the PlayStation Mentality essay in which he accuses current soldiers of not valuing human life because they are physically removed from consequences presented by the drones.

The full piece can be read at Business Insider.

More from Polygon

Hearthstone - Plague Quarter gameplay video

  • A guided video tour of an Unreal Tournament map

  • Freedom Planet gameplay video

  • Adventure Time trailer

  • Hearthstone: Naxxramas Overview

Latest Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.
Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5353_tracker