The Glance of the Drone

About the relationship between culture and technics.

A text that was complementing a public lecture given at the Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen in January 2014

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The eyes are our primary interface to the world. They supply us with factual and emotional information, let us recognize things, evaluate situations, and coordinate actions in space. A technical enhanced view is realized by separating the place of perception from the location of the body and at the same time enriching the field of vision by inherently invisible information. Such an upgrade of our vision pursues the goal to exploit new human action spaces. Combat drones verify, how the technically enhanced glance becomes a weapon. But drones are only the starting point of the talk. The reflections on the technically enhanced glance are completed by examples from psychology and the arts.