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Google’s Eric Schmidt wants a ban on Amazon’s drones

Posted By admin On December 10, 2013 @ 6:29 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Philip Elmer-DeWitt
Forbes [1]
December 10, 2013

FORTUNE – ”How would you feel,” Google (GOOG) chairman Eric Schmidt asked in the Guardian [2] last April, “if your neighbour went over and bought a commercial observation drone that they can launch from their back yard. It just flies over your house all day. How would you feel about it?”

Good question. Especially after Jeff Bezos’ announcement on 60 Minutes [3] Sunday that Amazon (AMZN) plans to build and deploy across the U.S. a fleet of artificially intelligent delivery drones.

How would I feel about a drone that could snoop on me? Probably the same way I’d feel about a company that monitored all my online activities — the e-mail I send and receive, the websites I visit, the places I visit, the products I buy, the YouTubes I watch, etc. etc. — and sold that information to advertisers.

Google’s corporate guidelines on such matters were delineated two years ago by what Schmidt calls “the creepy line.”

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[1] Forbes: http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2013/12/06/google-amazon-drone-schmidt-apple/

[2] Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/apr/21/drones-google-eric-schmidt?CMP=twt_gu

[3] 60 Minutes: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/amazons-jeff-bezos-looks-to-the-future/

[4] Eric Schmidt Admits Google+ Is a Giant Advertising Database: http://www.prisonplanet.com/eric-schmidt-admits-google-is-a-giant-advertising-database.html

[5] Eric Schmidt: Google AI Indistinguishable From Humans Within a Decade: http://www.prisonplanet.com/eric-schmidt-google-ai-indistinguishable-from-humans-within-a-decade.html

[6] Google’s Eric Schmidt: “when you post something, the comptuers remember forever”: http://www.prisonplanet.com/googles-eric-schmidt-when-you-post-something-the-comptuers-remember-forever.html

[7] Google’s tax avoidance is called ‘capitalism’, says chairman Eric Schmidt: http://www.prisonplanet.com/googles-tax-avoidance-is-called-capitalism-says-chairman-eric-schmidt.html

[8] Google’s Eric Schmidt: You can trust us with your data: http://www.prisonplanet.com/googles-eric-schmidt-you-can-trust-us-with-your-data.html

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