Even long distance, video drone warfare messes with a pilot’s mind, man.


The  NYT and others cite new findings that “pilots of drone aircraft experience mental health problems like depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress at the same rate as pilots of manned aircraft who are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.”   “They witness the carnage.” says researcher Jean Lin Otto,  “Manned aircraft pilots don’t do that. They get out of there as soon as possible.”

Surely there is some kind of UI to make it easier on the pilots.  Do the people they blow up HAVE to look human?  Can some program swap out the images of real people with avatars of burgers or hot dogs?  The path of the Helfire missiles can be represented in any way the programers want.  Make the path look like squirts of mustard!  To a pilot assassination would look like making lunch and that makes everyone happy!

FYI – The times and others claim the information comes from the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center but I was on the site, searched it and found nothing. This is another of those cases wherein every source I search leads back to the times… I’m just sayin’


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