Digital Futures Drone Arena
(Digital Futures, Mottola & Lampinen)
The Digital Futures Drone Arena is a concrete as well as a conceptual platform where key players in the digital transformation and society join in a conversation about the role and impact of mobile robotics, autonomous systems, machine learning, and human-computer interaction. The platform takes the form of a novel aerial drone testbed, where drone competitions take place periodically to understand and explore the unfolding relationships between humans and drones. Aerial drones are used as an opportunity to create a foundation that lives past the end of this project, useful as a long-standing basis for testing technical advances and to study, design, and envision novel relationships between humans, robots, and their functioning principles.