A discussion on drones today can range from annoyance at a neighbour kid’s spying to shock at the widespread use of drone technology in military surveillance throughout the world. What might come as a surprise is the fact that drones have been used as far back as the First World War, when they were used as targets and flying bombs.
Vancouver Island University’s Arts and Humanities Colloquium Series continues Friday (Oct. 17) with a focus on the military use of drones. John Hill and Ann Rogers will trace drones from their appearance in the war, through experiments with unmanned combat aircraft in the Second World War, to the focus on surveillance during the Cold War, and on to the huge and controversial expansion of their usage in both military surveillance and combat roles during the last 20 years.
The free presentation will be held in the Malaspina Theatre 10-11:30 a.m. Courtesy parking is available in Lot 5D off Fifth Street from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.