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BLOG: Google's Eric Schmidt worried about privacy threat from civilian nano drones

Darlene Storm | April 17, 2013
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has privacy concerns about private nano drones being flown by nosey neighbors to harass and spy on each other

But Schmidt, who "enthusiastically supports" Facebook Home on Android, believes driverless cars are fine. In fact, last year Schmidt told AllThingsD, "It's really an error that we're allowed to drive the car." He would rather we think of driverless cars as functioning like a plane on autopilot. We saw the potential for airplanes on autopilot to be hijacked less than a week ago, so cars on autopilot may not be the most comforting thought. Slate chimed in with this zing, "Really, the whole world would be better off if we just banned every activity that Google can't do for us. You know, for the sake of our safety and privacy."

The Star Trek computer is something that Google may be able to do for us. The company has been described as being obsessed with wanting to build it. Amit Singhal, the head Google's search rankings team, said, "The destiny of [Google's search engine] is to become that Star Trek computer, and that's what we are building." He pointed out that "Captain Kirk never pulled out a keyboard to ask a question." Regarding Android smartphones, Singhal added, "You already see hints of the Star Trek computer in your phone."  Bring it . . . then "Beam me up, Scotty."

Lastly, in light of the tragic Boston Marathon Explosions, Google also has a "Person Finder" if you are "looking for someone," or if you "have information about someone."


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