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Ariella
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Ariella,
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12/3/2013 | 9:39:34 AM
Re: A great idea but too many negatives
@Shane Have you seen this? 

Not quite as popular, but another possible illustration of what can go wrong is:



And here's one on the post office's response:

Ariella
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Ariella,
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12/3/2013 | 9:34:09 AM
Re: What Problem does it Solve?
@Chris But would they do day deliveries? Seriously, people used to use pigeons, and they were even specially outfitted by Maidenform for World War II.  See http://blog.americanhistory.si.edu/osaycanyousee/2013/09/pigeons-in-bras-go-to-war.html
melgross
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12/2/2013 | 10:07:46 PM
Re: Bezos
Please, this is a really nutty idea. I'm not sure he even is serious. He's good at generating publicity though.
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cbabcock,
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12/2/2013 | 7:25:08 PM
Launch drone, eclipse privacy
Physical privacy in your own yard will become a thing of the past once a digital camera is a routine attachment to an easily acquired drone. To keep any privacy, you may need surveillance drones at each corner of your property, on guard for flying intruders. But Harry Potter would be grossed out by the octocopter. Why use one of those when a mere broom will do?
Shane M. O'Neill
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12/2/2013 | 7:12:12 PM
A great idea but too many negatives
I'm on board with speedy delivery and using tech to make life easier. But I have visions of packages landing in the bushes and on roofs. Accuracy is hard and it's so easy for a package to get stolen in the city. Drones buzzing around could also distract drivers and just create general noise pollution. Add the potential for privacy violations (drones gathering data) and I'm dubious about delivery drones (How's that for alliteration?). I'll keep an open mind though; if the drones are cleared by the authorities as quiet, safe and perfectly accurate, this may become a society-changing thing. But right now there is just too much to poke fun at ... and also fear.
ChrisMurphy
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12/2/2013 | 5:24:40 PM
Re: What Problem does it Solve?
Harry Potter showed us this is perfectly feasible. And delivery by owl would solve the noise problem.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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12/2/2013 | 5:16:00 PM
Re: What Problem does it Solve?
You're right about theft. It's already a problem for packages left at people's doors. Drones won't be able to do drops unless met by the buyer.
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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12/2/2013 | 5:12:56 PM
What Problem does it Solve?
It sounds really impressive and forward looking, but it doesn't solve either of my two major problems with online sales:

The first is cost of delivery. Say I buy a $20 shirt or computer accessory - I have to pay a few bucks for delivery. This makes buying little things a bit impractical for me. I can't imagine having it "delivered by drone" will make it any cheaper.

The second is theft. So many people buy from Ebay, Amazon etc that my building lobby is starting to look like a postal substation, and even in our low-crime area, packages are starting to turn up missing.

Solve those two issues, and I'll probably never buy anything other than shoes and pants in a brick 'n mortar again.

 
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12/2/2013 | 4:46:55 PM
Bezos
Got to give Jeff Bezos credit for using 60 minutes to project leading edge innovation.  Of course, it may take FAA years to resolve domestic drone rules. 
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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12/2/2013 | 4:41:34 PM
Re: 30-minute shipping
Cool though it may be, I can't help but think a bike messenger would be more efficient.
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