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Remote Intimacy

A BIT of Drone

Overview

Drones, deployed at presidential discretion, are changing the conduct of war. This MIT Press BIT looks at the paradoxical mix of closeness and distance involved in remote killing: is it easier than killing someone on the physical battlefield if you have to watch onscreen? MIT Press BITS offer excerpts from influential MIT Press books on subjects ranging from robotics to architecture. To learn more about the book from which this BIT was excerpted, see Drone.

About the Author

Hugh Gusterson is Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at George Washington University. He is the author of Nuclear Rites and People of the Bomb: Portraits of America’s Nuclear Complex.