Amazon’ Drone Delivery Service Triggers Twitter Freakout

amazon droneIs it April Fool’s Day? Apparently not, although the Amazon Prime Air drone delivery test has the twitterverse in uproar. Story from MarketWatch:

If we let Jeff Bezos proceed unfettered with his latest plans for disruption, we will soon be faced with Skynet-type helicopters of terror blowing up airplanes, abducting our children, and destroying everything our society holds dear.

That’s the extreme reaction to what Amazon says it’s cooking up these days. There are more rational fears, as well.

Either way, the overwhelming public response to the concept of drones buzzing through the air and dropping off packages to customers within a 30-minute time-frame seems to be that, at best, it’s a half-baked longshot.

Going up against that kind of skepticism is nothing new for Bezos, who told “60 Minutes” these fully-autonomous drones will be in operation within four or five years. Amazon calls the delivery service Prime Air, and here’s a how it works:

Admit it, the idea is pretty cool, and it makes a lot of sense. At least in theory. But that didn’t stop the jabs from being thrown across Twitter…

[continues at MarketWatch]


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4 Comments on "Amazon’ Drone Delivery Service Triggers Twitter Freakout"

  1. Liam_McGonagle | Dec 2, 2013 at 11:00 am |

    It’s December Fool’s Day, all the more foolish for being 8 months older.

    I say we start a petition to the Wizard of Oz. That should stop ’em but good.

  2. Richard Johnson | Dec 2, 2013 at 11:33 am |

    first the black Friday disaster and now the inevitable collateral fatalities of drone delivery! What’s next? Zombie chips to control the consumers for the greater good? I guess it’s just the cost of doing business! but who is picking up the tab?

    • Liam_McGonagle | Dec 2, 2013 at 11:37 am |

      I think you’re onto something; we’ve been going about this the wrong way about all along.

      Customer satisfaction is about timely and dependable delivery on orders. If we implanted chips in consumers’ brains we could optimize the flow of order placement to more efficiently conform to logistical constraints.

      Plus, it would be really, really funny to flip a switch and make some random rube sh*t his drawers.

  3. PrimateZero | Dec 2, 2013 at 7:13 pm |

    Can’t wait to shot one of those down with a pellet gun or watch them hit trees and power lines. I mean seriously, do people really need their dildos, lubricants, and butt plugs in 30 minutes or less?

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