“The use of cheap, miniature ‘everyman’ drones needs to be banned by international treaties before such devices fall into the hands of private users including terrorists, the head of Google has said,” James Ball reports for The Guardian.

“In an extended interview with the Guardian, Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google and an adviser to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, warned of the potential of new technology to ‘democratise the ability to fight war,’ and said drones could soon be used to harass and spy on neighbours,” Ball reports. “‘You’re having a dispute with your neighbour,’ he hypothesised. ‘How would you feel 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?'”

MacDailyNews Take: Probably close to the same way we’d feel when showering at the gym while surrounded by Glassholes or how Steve Jobs felt watching Android “develop” while you sat on Apple’s Board, mole.

Google Android before and after Apple iPhone

Ball reports, “”[Schmidt said], ‘It’s got to be regulated. You just can’t imagine that British people would allow this sort of thing, and I can’t imagine American people would allow this sort of thing. 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.'”

“The US government’s use of military drones has proven increasingly controversial, with drone strikes on American citizens the subject of a recent 12-hour Senate filibuster by the Republican senator Rand Paul. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates that US drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia have been responsible for at least 2,772 deaths,” Ball reports. “Schmidt’s warnings on privacy in the robotic era notwithstanding, Google itself has been frequently criticised by privacy campaigners concerned about the company’s huge reach and the extensive data collection used to power its multibillion-dollar advertising sales.”

Ball reports, “Challenged on these issues, Schmidt said Google was ‘super-sensitive’ on privacy and had voluntarily kiboshed projects it thought could lead to privacy breaches.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Wonder how effective a driverless car could be to harass the neighbors?

Obviously, Eric Schmidt lacks the part of the brain that screams “Shut your mouth, you damnable hypocrite!”

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Arline M.” for the heads up.]

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