Google's Eric Schmidt, Urges Regulation Of Civilian Drones

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Eric Schmidt recently commented on the civilian use of drones.

Warning of mini-drones' potential as a terrorist weapon, he said: "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."

"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."

Its important to remember that when a large corporation urges for regulation in any market it is likely because they want a hand in how its regulated. Could it be that Google wants to develop its own drones, and wants to clear the path of government oversight by pre-emptively contributing language to the regulations? What do you think?

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interesting

Given some of the research areas in which Google has led, anyone that wanted to see such drones in action would naturally think of Google as an ideal tech. provider. The gang at Mountain View isn't likely to be viewed nearly as ominous a participant as DARPA.Crying out for the need of regulation and privacy protection isn't a rare M.O. for folks that want to get a bid in, for sure. Probably bears watching.

Google Street View operator = drone ?

Seems to me that a Google Street View operator, who also checks on WiFi traffic as he moves around, is a pretty good drone.  Was Schmidt perhaps looking for consensus on the rules that should apply.  After all we soon won't be able to spot these guys as they ride their bicycles around sporting their Google glasses. :(

Since when is Eric Schmidt a public policy expert?!

there is a theory that sometimes in order to gain power, agents [entities/organizations/etc] will leverage regulations against regulators.....I learned about that when I was researching International relations.....when the United States started the United Nations, it arguably had significant spheres of influece in Europe, until Germany, France, and the UK, were once again able to establish their regional authority and then, in turn, leveraged the policies of the UN against the US on several important policies. Another famous example from the public side things is the relationship between the phramacutical industry and the FDA.

Anyhow, there are a *TON* of examples of this type of thing......Although one cannot know for certain what Schmidt meant by his cryptic interest drones, it would not be far-fetched to think that Google wants a privatized ability to use drones......or better stated, there are past precidents to suggest that this may be a possibility.

Thinking on a smaller scale...

Aside from "size"... what's the difference between a conventional drone and a bot? :p

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