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I've enjoyed Mark Rober's videos for a while now. They are fun, touch on accessible topics, and have decent production value. But this recent video isn't sitting right with me

The video is here:

In it, he talks about a few techniques for how to take down "bad guy drones", the problems with each, and then shows off the drone tech by Anduril as a solution.

Anduril aims to sell the U.S. Department of Defense technology, including artificial intelligence and robotics. Anduril's major products include unmanned aerial systems (UAS), counter-UAS (CUAS), semi-portable autonomous surveillance systems, and networked command and control software.

In the video, the Anduril product is a heavy drone that uses kinetic energy to destroy other drones (by flying into them). Quoting the person in the video:

imagine a children's bowling ball thrown at twice as fast as a major league baseball fastball, that's what it's like getting hit by Anvil

This technology is scary for obvious reasons, especially in the wrong hands. What I also don't like is how Mark Rober's content is aimed at children, and this video includes a large segment advertising the children's products he is selling. Despite that, he is promoting military technology with serious ethical implications.

There's even a section in the video where they show off the Roadrunner, compare it against the patriot missiles, and loosely tie it in to defending against drones. While the Anvil could be used to hurt people, at least it is designed for small flying drones. The Roadrunner is not:

The Roadrunner is a 6 ft (1.8 m)-long twin turbojet-powered delta-winged craft capable of high subsonic speeds and extreme maneuverability. Company officials describe it as somewhere between an autonomous drone and a reusable missile. The basic version can be fitted with modular payloads such as intelligence and reconnaissance sensors. The Roadrunner-M has an explosive warhead to intercept UAS, cruise missiles, and manned aircraft.

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[–] [email protected] 35 points 2 months ago* (last edited 2 months ago) (4 children)

Almost like the mrwhosetheboss touring a fucking prison a while back.

The channel Boy Boy (I Did A Thing's ~~brother~~ friend) did a great response video to that one.

[–] glimse 17 points 2 months ago (1 children)

Small correction: Boy Boy is Aleksa (I Did A Thing's friend) and Alex (I Did A Thing), not his brother

[–] lefixxx 4 points 2 months ago (1 children)

I follow both and i am still not clear who’s gay, who is the 2nd boy, if they are married or not, for real or for other reasons.

[–] glimse 5 points 2 months ago

Can you tell me which one is A Thing though?

[–] Wizard_Pope 5 points 2 months ago

Yeah that is how I know about this. I never watched the original video because I am not interested in prisons.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 2 months ago

Here is an alternative Piped link(s):

great response video

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[–] [email protected] 2 points 2 months ago (1 children)

Brother? Are you sure about that?

[–] [email protected] 1 points 2 months ago (1 children)

I always assumed they were brothers, idk why

[–] Wizard_Pope 2 points 2 months ago (1 children)

They look nothing alike. Also Aleksa or at least his family is from the Balkans.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 2 months ago (1 children)

I'm sure it's been implied by some joke they've made in one of their videos, but yeah fair enough that they look nothing alike.

[–] Wizard_Pope 1 points 2 months ago (1 children)

He talks serbo-croatian to his grandpa and I also believe he mentions running from the balkans when he was a couple years old. Might have been in the north korea video

[–] [email protected] 2 points 2 months ago (1 children)

I know he mentioned being from the Balkans in the video where he interviews the American gun nut.

[–] Wizard_Pope 2 points 2 months ago

Oh the brandon herera video