They sit in dark rooms with glowing screens, waiting. They have unmatched hand-eye coordination; their controls are often mere extensions of their bodies. They stalk their enemies from great distances. They are ultra-competitive.
The similarities between drone pilots and gamers—specifically, those who play first-person-shooter games—are uncanny. A recent documentary, Drone, examines the complexities and implications of 21st century warfare. Part of the film focuses on how U.S. officials are currently recruiting future drone pilots. It's a job that requires a skillset outside of a traditional military physique, so recruiters head to gaming conventions in search of new talent.
You can watch a nine-minute segment of the documentary below, which first appeared on The Guardian this morning:
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