Object Classes is a series of brief, fantastically developed books about the hidden life of ordinary items.
Drones are in the newspaper, on the Television set monitor, swarming via the networks, and shortly, we are advised, they will be providing our searching. But what are drones? The term encompasses every thing from toys to weapons. And nevertheless, as broadly defined as they are, the term "drone" fills many of us with a sense of technological dread. Adam Rothstein cuts via the mystery, the mysterious, and the political posturing, and talks about what drones really are: what systems are out there, and what is actually coming following how drones are talked about, and how they are represented in common society.
It turns out that drones are not as frightening as they seem-but they are much more difficult than you might expect. Drones reveal the strange relationships that individuals are forming with their new systems.
Object Classes is released in partnership with an essay series in the The Atlantic.