Privacy http://wesa.fm en It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's A Drone...Is Pittsburgh Ready? http://wesa.fm/post/its-bird-its-plane-its-droneis-pittsburgh-ready <p>On June 26, cameras at PNC Park <a href="http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/06/27/man-flies-drone-over-pnc-park-during-game/">caught a mysterious flying object</a> hovering over the field during a Pirates game. The object hung in the night sky with a blinking light and several propellers whirling.</p><p>It didn’t take long for the commentators to surmise that this UFO was actually a remote controlled drone, whose owner was soon spotted walking on the North Shore.</p><p>Police almost immediately forced the man to ground his flying camera, and the FAA launched an investigation the week after.</p><p>Drones are becoming a bigger part of the everyday lives of American citizens, especially in a city famous for its robotic creations. Joining us to look at the role drones will play in our future is Illah Nourbaksh, professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University and author of the recently released book<a href="http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/robot-futures-0"> Robot Futures</a>. He explained what made the drone over PNC Park different from the remote controlled toy helicopters we've seen marketed for years. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:21:16 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32259 at http://wesa.fm It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's A Drone...Is Pittsburgh Ready? As People Put More Personal Info Online, Privacy Concerns Persist http://wesa.fm/post/people-put-more-personal-info-online-privacy-concerns-persist <p>A majority of Internet users admit they have taken steps to avoid surveillance by other people or organizations (including the government), and many believe current privacy laws do not go far enough in protecting online privacy.</p><p>The Pew Research Center and Carnegie Mellon University conducted a national survey to determine the level of desire among Internet users to be anonymous online, why and what problems they have encountered.</p><p>One of the findings is that 86 percent of Internet users have taken steps online to remove or mask their digital footprints.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 11:35:22 +0000 Deanna Garcia 15982 at http://wesa.fm