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Google looking at buying microdrones? What for?

This article "outs" G even before the facts are in.

     
11:50 pm on Aug 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

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After Google Street View and their admitted storage of data from all those WiFi networks, people are very suspicious of Google with respect to personal privacy.

So much, in fact that this article outs Google's perceived intentions before the facts are known.

[blogs.forbes.com...]

The potential for these microdrones is enormous:
Law enforcement
Intelligence (police, government, industrial)
Traffic Management
Battlefront fire and maneuver
And on and on.

Is there any wonder that Google has been associated with this technology?

There's an old saw: Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean somebody isn't watching you. But remember, Eric Schmidt was an advisor and substantial contributor to the Obama campaign, and still is an advisor to his administration.

This thread could be interesting.
12:34 am on Aug 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Stuff StreetView. Imagine the GardenViews(tm) you can get on a hot Summer's day from, say, 50 metres up. Crikey! It won't just be faces Google will have to obscure from their images.
1:02 am on Aug 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Yep. This thing is at once Orwellian and comedic.

I think of the drones in The Terminator, hunting down humans.

And I can envision the Tax Man surveilling my property to see what additions to the house I've added that may not be included on the tax rolls (Oh wait; Google Earth already does that).

Then, always the optimist, I've checked and the domain nudebeacheslive.com is available. I'll get a second mortgage to finance my own fleet of microdrones.
11:58 am on Aug 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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diy images for google maps and earth probly cheaper than paying for satalite or ariel phtography.
11:59 am on Aug 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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@jastra you dont live out in the borders of Northern Ireland do you :-)
1:38 pm on Aug 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Nope, coastal North Carolina. But my daughter had an adventure visiting Europe last summer and driving a manual transmission for the first time, in a rental car from Dublin to Ballycastle.