Today, so-called “drones” are used in different areas. The development of autonomous weapon systems is becoming a priority for more and more states. The UN and human rights organizations are already warning of potentially catastrophic consequences. However, drones also have great potential in the civilian area. They are hotly debated as a means of transport, in agriculture, or for the transportation of smaller loads on the so-called “last mile”.
What are the likely paths of further technology development? Who are the actors and what are their interests? What are the future fields of application and how does the legal framework for increasingly autonomous flight systems develop? These questions are addressed in the current TATuP 3/2018 “Drones in civilian and military use”. The SPECIAL TOPIC is edited by Karsten Weber (OTH Regensburg), Bernhard Rinke (Osnabrück University), and Christian Alwardt (Universität Hamburg).
The INTERVIEW is about technology assessment outside the European context. Poonam Pandey, researcher at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India, talks about her perspective on responsible technology development in health, energy, and agriculture. Also in the winter issue of TATuP: sociological perspectives on the health system regarding drug residues in drinking water and e-health as well as reviews, conference reports, and news from the TA community. (18.12.2018)