Articles | Volume 71, issue 2
Geogr. Helv., 71, 137–146, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-71-137-2016

Special issue: Power and space in the drone age

Geogr. Helv., 71, 137–146, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-71-137-2016
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20 Jun 2016
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Assemblage of the vertical: commercial drones and algorithmic life

Jeremy W. Crampton

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This paper discusses the development of the market for small commercial drones in the USA. I suggest the market does not just develop by itself, but through a whole series of struggles by various people and institutions. Drones are also part of an increasing dependence by society on machine decision-making, which is replacing human decision-making. I was interested in examining these developments in the context of small drones and the possibility of new geographies of the sky.