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When your invention becomes a weapon

Chris Anderson, Inventor

What do you do if your invention becomes a weapon? This happened to former Wired editor Chris Anderson when he launched DIY Drones, an open-source community that helps people build their own flying machines. Now, homemade drones are used by everyone from conservationists to contractors — but they’re also used by ISIS to drop bombs on civilians. So what is Chris’ responsibility here? Did he foster innovation for a community of like-minded do-gooders — or democratize a weapon for a terrorist group?


“In a science fiction book there would have been that guy who had a choice to say, “Oh, no! They might destroy the world. I should probably stop.” And I’m like, “I’m not gonna stop.””

— Chris Anderson