While U.S. Air Force drones have revolutionised modern warfare, the psychological effects experienced by their pilots -- sitting hundreds of miles away in front of rows of computer screens -- is having a detrimental impact on their morale and psyche.
Colonel Brenton acknowledges the peculiar new disconnect of fighting a telewar with a joystick and a throttle from his padded seat in American suburbia.
When he was deployed in Iraq, "you land and there's no more weapons on your F-16, people have an idea of what you were just involved with." Now he steps out of a dark room of video screens, his adrenaline still surging after squeezing the trigger, and commutes home past fast-food restaurants and convenience stores to help with homework -- but always alone with what he has done.
"It's a strange feeling," he said. "No one in my immediate environment is aware of anything that occurred."
|Cure for Ebola Outbreak Appears to Have Been Found|
|Men Who Purposely Contract AIDS to Improve Their Lives|
|Diagnose STDs With a Cheap Cellphone Dongle|
|"A man’s life-giving organs hang vulnerably outside the body."|
|"Swimming nanorobots that deliver drugs where they’re needed."|
|“If you don’t remember any of these countries from geography class, you’re not alone.”|
|“The greatest economic crisis of our age: the one still awaiting us.”|
|"Cells have the capacity to process and respond to instructions and codes inputted into their main system."|
|Making a Movie Inside a Video Game|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|“We deserve pity for being born in such primitive times.”|
|Google Map Shows You the Most Photographed Areas of the World|
|“Instead of consuming fossil fuels, it would then feed surplus electricity into the grid.”|
|“Any person, organization or government serious about web security should return to plain-text.”|
|“Clicking on a Facebook advert may reveal things about yourself you don’t want anyone to know.”|
|"They’ve managed to plant, tend, and harvest an acre and a half of barley using only autonomous vehicles."|