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Google’s Eric Schmidt recommends civilian drone regulation

Warns that neighbour could turn on neighbour
Mon Apr 15 2013, 11:32
Eric Schmidt Testify

TECHNOLOGY AMBASSADOR Eric Schmidt took some time out of his busy schedule this weekend to tell the Guardian newspaper that civilians flying spy drones over each other's houses is a bad idea.

We shrugged in confusion too. We too think that flying a small plane with spying equipment over anyone's house is a bad idea. But a neighbour? Well, it would be pretty hard to disguise what you were doing.

"You're having a dispute with your neighbour," he told The Guardian in an interview printed in the paper this weekend.

"How would you feel if your neighbour went over and bought a commercial observation drone that they can launch from their backyard. It just flies over your house all day. How would you feel about it?"

We have one word for any neighbour of ours that flies a drone over our house, and that is "catapult".

Drones are a hot topic at the moment, and the potential weaponisation of them is something that both intrigues and terrifies people in equal measure.

Schmidt, who could be on his way to a job in Washington, DC as a confidant of US President Obama, a man with whom he has exchanged friendly nods since 2007, didn't want to get political about it though.

"I'm not going to pass judgment on whether armies should exist, but I would prefer to not spread and democratise the ability to fight war to every single human being," he said, according to a BBC report.

"It's got to be regulated... It's one thing for governments, who have some legitimacy in what they're doing, but have other people doing it... it's not going to happen." µ

 

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