As far as I know, this is a first. A lifeguard drone just may have saved the lives of two teenage boys in Australia.

As far as I know, this is a first. A lifeguard drone just may have saved the lives of two teenage boys in Australia.

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As far as I know, this is a first. A lifeguard drone just may have saved the lives of two teenage boys in Australia.

#AUTOMATION #drones

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-42731112

26 comments

  1. Stupid misleading misuse of language. Drones don’t “do” anything, they are objects without free agency. Lifeguards, operating drones, used said tools to effect a rescue of swimmers, first spotted by other beach goers. Truth is important, stick too it and skip the BS attention grabbing headlines. Humans saved humans. Drone used in rescue effort.

  2. Stupid misleading misuse of language. Drones don’t “do” anything, they are objects without free agency. Lifeguards, operating drones, used said tools to effect a rescue of swimmers, first spotted by other beach goers. Truth is important, stick too it and skip the BS attention grabbing headlines. Humans saved humans. Drone used in rescue effort.

  3. Edmund Daub This is tricky, because the headline is condensed (because it’s a headline) but it’s technically accurate. Just like the bus takes me to town, but you can argue that the bus driver takes me to town or the microwave heated my dinner or my wife used a microwave to heat my dinner.

    It’s only the possibility that a drone might have, in the future, free agency that the headline might be misleading… and when that happens it will have to be called out. Like the first time an automated bus drove people around Las Vegas the headline didn’t read “Bus Drives Around Las Vegas” because that lacks enough information.

  4. Edmund Daub This is tricky, because the headline is condensed (because it’s a headline) but it’s technically accurate. Just like the bus takes me to town, but you can argue that the bus driver takes me to town or the microwave heated my dinner or my wife used a microwave to heat my dinner.

    It’s only the possibility that a drone might have, in the future, free agency that the headline might be misleading… and when that happens it will have to be called out. Like the first time an automated bus drove people around Las Vegas the headline didn’t read “Bus Drives Around Las Vegas” because that lacks enough information.

  5. Edmund Daub, I understand your point, but you also have to allow for a little linguistic flexibility. When I say something like “this little Swiss Army knife has gotten me out of more jams than I can remember,” I’m not, for a second suggesting that it has suddenly become sentient and is just waiting there in my pocket to help me out the next time.

  6. Edmund Daub, I understand your point, but you also have to allow for a little linguistic flexibility. When I say something like “this little Swiss Army knife has gotten me out of more jams than I can remember,” I’m not, for a second suggesting that it has suddenly become sentient and is just waiting there in my pocket to help me out the next time.

  7. Oh, I see that John Lewis is essentially saying the same thing.

  8. Oh, I see that John Lewis is essentially saying the same thing.

  9. Gideon Rosenblatt The problem is that some drones current have autonomy, but they are the minority, so they get more press. Hence the public might associate drones with automatic systems. At worst this qualifies as click-bait for anyone who would assume that.

  10. Gideon Rosenblatt The problem is that some drones current have autonomy, but they are the minority, so they get more press. Hence the public might associate drones with automatic systems. At worst this qualifies as click-bait for anyone who would assume that.

  11. I am not insinuating that you proposed sudden sentience for a remotely operated device, what I am saying is the credit goes to the humans not the device. Clever usage of tech,no doubt, but the headline make a point not worth making. as for brevity as an reason for the headline: “Lifeguards first time use of Drone in rescue”.

    No longer or harder to say and truthful. The pointless and “creative use” of language has lead up to the fake news debacle we have today, in that folks are so used to being mislead, deliberately or accidentally, they can rarely parcel out the truth anymore.

  12. I am not insinuating that you proposed sudden sentience for a remotely operated device, what I am saying is the credit goes to the humans not the device. Clever usage of tech,no doubt, but the headline make a point not worth making. as for brevity as an reason for the headline: “Lifeguards first time use of Drone in rescue”.

    No longer or harder to say and truthful. The pointless and “creative use” of language has lead up to the fake news debacle we have today, in that folks are so used to being mislead, deliberately or accidentally, they can rarely parcel out the truth anymore.

  13. Awesome! In praise of the little Swiss Army knife and life-saving drone use.

  14. Awesome! In praise of the little Swiss Army knife and life-saving drone use.

  15. Gideon Rosenblatt – Has your Swiss Army knife not received its sentience upgrade yet? It’s totally worth it, though if you don’t keep it occupied it’ll open all the cans in your house.

  16. Gideon Rosenblatt – Has your Swiss Army knife not received its sentience upgrade yet? It’s totally worth it, though if you don’t keep it occupied it’ll open all the cans in your house.

  17. Michael Verona, lol. I plugged that #Can-O-Worms exploit.

  18. Michael Verona, lol. I plugged that #Can-O-Worms exploit.

  19. Why would the headline credit only the lifeguards and not also the engineers who made it possible by building the drone? Answer: because it is not the purpose of the headline to tell the story. The purpose of the headline is to make people read the details. It needs to be short and capture the elements that are most interesting to the reader.

  20. Why would the headline credit only the lifeguards and not also the engineers who made it possible by building the drone? Answer: because it is not the purpose of the headline to tell the story. The purpose of the headline is to make people read the details. It needs to be short and capture the elements that are most interesting to the reader.

  21. Even if those elements of the headline are misleading or in fact total BS. Sorry, not buying it. Creative licence, expression, etcetera…….False is false.

  22. Even if those elements of the headline are misleading or in fact total BS. Sorry, not buying it. Creative licence, expression, etcetera…….False is false.

  23. Edmund Daub False is false.

    “This sentence is false.”

  24. Edmund Daub False is false.

    “This sentence is false.”

  25. 😀 Too true my man. LOL

  26. 😀 Too true my man. LOL

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