When technology and conflict collides
Former drone pilot Brandon Bryant and director Tonje Hessen Schei visited the TIK center on the 23. of October for an exclusive showing of the documentary film Drone.
Director Tonje Hessen Schei (left) and former drone pilot Brandon Bryant (right)
Photo: Anders Westbye/UIO
As a part of the curriculum in science and technology studies, the Center for technology, innovation & culture arranged an exclusive showing of the norwegian documentary film Drone on the 23 of october.
The film deals with the use of drones in armed conflicts and sheds light on the ethical and moral dilemmas that rears its head when technology, innovation and warfare meet.
Director Tonje Hessen Schei and former drone pilot Brandon Bryant took part in a discussion with both students and employees after the movie.
The discussion dealt with, amongst other things, how the training and of drone pilots and the act of controlling drones are characterized by technical terms and a technical understanding of warfare which downplays the actual human consequences of drone attacks, and how this also effects the drone pilots themselves. During the discussion director Schei also voiced her concerns that drones are increasingly being used in “secret warfare” that are characterized by a lack of transparency and accountability.
Science and technology studies
It was TIK research fellow Hilde Reinertsen who arranged the showing of the film and the accompanying discussion. Reinertsen felt the film was an ideal example of how the mixture of technology, innovation and politics can have grim consequences if not questioned by the general public and those in power. With that in mind Drone was an ideal film in order to emphasize many of the themes which are a part of the curriculum for the master students at TIK.