Artificial intelligence is becoming more prevalent in our everyday life. You find it in self-driving cars, smart speakers from companies like Google and Amazon, in the photo editing apps on your smartphone and of course in the Skydio R1 drone. Today we learn in a paper called Eye in the Sky, that researchers are trying to use AI together with drones to spot fighting people and other violence in crowds.
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Security researcher Kevin Finisterre recently found a security flaw that allowed him to access personal data from DJI’s customers on servers from the Chinese drone manufacturer. Finisterre used DJI’s recently launched Bug Bounty program to report his findings. This resulted in many emails being sent back and forth between the researcher and the drone company’s legal department about the scope of DJI’s Bug Bounty program and other legalities. In the end, Finisterre felt threatened and concluded he could not sign DJI’s document. He then decided to not only forgo the 30,000 top reward but also to go public with his story in an 18-page PDF titled: “Why I walked away from $30,000 of DJI bounty money.”