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Nelson Paez, CEO of DreamHammer, has been calling his government contacts about this all week. His software, Ballista, is an open source operating system that is being used to control drones under 126 government contracts, more than any other provider.
“It’s unbelievable,” he said, about the lack of drones helping out in the Philippines.
At first glance, Paez’s point of view seems surprising. The last time we sent drones to the Philippines, it was to kill Muslim extremists.
The reason we’re not using drones for rescue is because there aren’t any available.
Drones are increasingly becoming part of our lives. In parts of the Philippines, recently devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, drones equipped with small cameras are proving vital in helping relief teams do their work.
Drone technology helps to clear debris and locate bodies in typhoon-struck Philippines, but critics say it could infringe upon privacy rights. Michaela Cabrera reports.