Not sure where to start on this one. We could discuss all sorts of different topics just from this one story.
Google’s Eric Schmidt has the nerve to shoot down Amazon’s drones over privacy worries
First, let's start with the story that prompted this one.
Ok, so that is cool beyond belief. Of course, we can discuss things like
- Will the drone land on someone?
- Will the drone land on something (a car maybe) and damage it?
- Does the drone notify you that it just delivered a package, so you can go outside and get it?
But the premise of the first article is all about Google's rant about how it will invade your privacy (or at least be the beginning of the slippery road towards loss of privacy).
In an interview with the British newspaper The Guardian, Schmidt contended these drones should be banned from private use because the technology has potential to“democratize the ability to fight war”:
You’re having a dispute with your neighbor. How would you feel if your neighbor 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?
Ok, so we can discuss the privacy issues of these drones.
But of course, we can also discuss the nerve of Google to bring up privacy at all. (Go on, get it all out).
Then again, we can even discuss the fact that more than likely, Google is planning to do THE VERY SAME THING.
What matters for our discussion is the indisputable fact that Google has recently started experimenting with same-day package delivery in urban areas with its Shopping service.
Moreover, 9to5Google learned back in February from “an extremely reliable source”that Google was already working on a new delivery service that would use – yes, miniature autonomous drones. The following month, the publication added that long-term plans involve “use self-driving cars and flying drones as means of delivery”.
We could even discuss the fact that Google has acquired 7 robotics companies.
Tons more stuff we could discuss just based on these articles.