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Amazon Prime Goes Drone

Amazon Prime Air would deliver packages up to five pounds, but it's far from clear that drones would be safe and welcome in urban areas.

Amazon Prime Air quadcopter.
Amazon Prime Air quadcopter.

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Ariella
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Ariella,
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12/5/2013 | 8:51:39 AM
Re: Launch drone, eclipse privacy
@thomas ha, like skeet shooting, only it would be drones instead of clay disks.
virsingh211
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virsingh211,
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12/5/2013 | 4:29:10 AM
Re: A great idea but too many negatives
This is new to me, i read more about it, they'll initially carry items up to five pounds, which is roughly 86% of all deliveries Amazon makes, one of concern area i see is eligibility criteria for using drone service.
Thomas Claburn
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12/4/2013 | 8:40:20 PM
Re: Launch drone, eclipse privacy
That's a show I'd watch.
Kristin Burnham
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12/4/2013 | 8:36:22 PM
Re: Launch drone, eclipse privacy
Drone Dynasty. I smell a reality show already.
Thomas Claburn
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12/3/2013 | 9:36:24 PM
Re: Launch drone, eclipse privacy
I suspect drone downing will become a popular if not entirely legal sport in certain parts of the US.
Whoopty
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12/3/2013 | 12:23:07 PM
Re: What Problem does it Solve?
You jest, but Waterstones jokingly brought this up in response to the Amazon story:

 

http://www.waterstones.com/blog/2013/12/introducing-o-w-l-s/
Ariella
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12/3/2013 | 11:58:31 AM
Re: do we need this level of instant gratification?
@jurowki 

"But what have we become as humans when we need to satisfy every whim instantaneously? Our strength comes in part from patience, and that is deteriorating with each passing day and each technological leap. At some point we need to ask if always bigger better more faster compels us toward becoming a new generation of grown adults acting like spoiled brats."

I agree. We have become more and more of an instant generation.  We always want things faster. I remember seeing someone showing his grandmother an electric kettle and said, she'd get her water boiled faster. She wasn't impressed because she didn't mind waiting a few minutes.

 Consider how much we want everything "on demand" and that means at the instant I demand it. And the more that surrounds us, the more we expect it. While I have FIOS now for my internet, it still moves slowly at times, and I find myself impatient about it. But several years back, I had dial-up and had to wait far longer for things to load. 
jurowski
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12/3/2013 | 10:06:19 AM
do we need this level of instant gratification?
I'll admit that last week while sitting in Chicago rush-hour traffic, I fantasized about a drone-based pizza delivery service to those in traffic.

But what have we become as humans when we need to satisfy every whim instantaneously? Our strength comes in part from patience, and that is deteriorating with each passing day and each technological leap. At some point we need to ask if always bigger better more faster compels us toward becoming a new generation of grown adults acting like spoiled brats.
Shane M. O'Neill
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12/3/2013 | 9:55:36 AM
Re: A great idea but too many negatives
A drone rebellion against mankind is a concern. Have we learned nothing from Battlestar Galactica?
RobPreston
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12/3/2013 | 9:46:42 AM
Re: Bezos
Yeah, Bezos is a master. There's a reason Amazon has a market cap of about $120 billion with very small profits. It has a leader who thinks long term, takes risks, but is always customer-focused. These package-delivery drones may turn out to be a nutty idea, but so was the concept of a self-driving car a year or two ago. 
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