Eric Schmidt urges action to regulate mini-drones

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  1. macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2008
    Holocene Epoch
    The irony is strong with this one...

    Google chief urges action to regulate mini-drones (

    Long story short, Eric Schmidt wants civilian operated drone technology to be regulated due to privacy and security concerns. This bit was the most "precious":

    He didn't comment about how we should feel about that same hypothetical neighbor walking up to our houses wearing Google Glass glasses or about a search behemoth taking and publishing photos of our homes from the street.
  2. macrumors 68000

    Dec 29, 2006
    Regulations to be considered:

    1. Photos of unattractive naked people should be illegal. Photos a hot naked people would be encouraged with tax deductions and credits for better drones with advanced camera systems.

    2. Drones used to neutralize the neighbor's barking dogs would be tax-exempt and would have interest-free financing.

    3. Owners of drones that attracted gunfire from flying over the bunkers of survivalists and militias would be paid $2 per bullet fired at it.

    4. Free kits would be offered to paint drones black and would have a choice of decals: "UN" and "Kenyan Air Force" to freak out wing nuts.

    5. Owners of drones that take out poachers would be paid an appropriate bounty.

    6. Small, nasty, buzzing drones that irritated bums enough to make them leave for wherever else would be subsidized by funds saved from cleaning excrement from public places. This would also work on selected CEOs, etc.

    7. ....and many, many more useful applications...
  3. zin
    macrumors 6502

    May 5, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Order now for the low low price of just $29,999,999.95
  4. macrumors 68000


    Jun 8, 2009
    The issue is not drones carrying cameras. The issue is drone carrying payloads of explosives. The West has started us down the road where these things are used militarily. It's only a matter of time before terrorists do the same. Some sort of licence and code of conduct should be required for operating any drone above a certain size.
  5. macrumors 65816

    Zombie Acorn

    Feb 2, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    I think the restrictions should really be only on the airspace they travel to. As long as they do not interfere with commercial or private air flight then I don't see how drones are any different then having a private plane, or glider.

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