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Amazong Drone Delivery!?

The Fear

A Wise Man (once sat next to him)
#1
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/12/02/amazon-drones-prime-air_n_4370340.html?ncid=webmail17

Interesting to see if and when this happens. Don't think it can in the UK because of aviation rules, but they are going to try it in the US
 
#2
According to the discussion I heard on the BBC World Service the restriction is not that it can't be done in the UK as these drones fly at fairly low altitudes, just a few hundred meters, the restriction us on built up areas. I suspect that world wide, let alone in the UK, the vast majority of their customers are in built up areas so I doubt if there is much of a futute in this.
 

The Fear

A Wise Man (once sat next to him)
#3
Would seem a fairly expensive way to go about things as well and it isn't as if it can then post the goods through the door is it?!
 

gator

Vital Champions League
#4
Surely you would have to sign to say you received the goods plus all the tea leaves would spot them a mile away.
 

OnMeHeadFred

Vital Reserves Team
#6
Don't believe the hype!

We were promised ant-gravity trousers, supersonic travel and we were supposed to be colonising other planets by now; and it never happened.

And more appropriate to the subject at hand, they promised us warehouses run totally by robots - I mean, the technology is already here, that's how your packets of information move around your LAN and then the Internet.

But for some reason Amazon and your local supermarket still prefer human drones to pick and pack your shit.

As they used to say, robots don't take a break, and now Amazon workers don't either.

And of course, during slack times Amazon send their workers home: they don't have a billion dollars worth of robots sitting idle.

But never mind, my guess is that the video is just another Christmas advert.

No doubt even the BBC will be carrying a free Amazon advert while pretending it is a news item.



 

BodyButter

Vital Football Legend
#7
Remember electricity too cheap to meter? Well you probably don't but I'm sure you've heard of it.

I'd imagine we are going to see lots more stories trying to convince us drones are good for us. In the same way they prepped us for the war on benefits with the flood of scrounger stories.
 

OnMeHeadFred

Vital Reserves Team
#8
BodyButter - 3/12/2013 10:11

Remember electricity too cheap to meter? Well you probably don't but I'm sure you've heard of it.

I'd imagine we are going to see lots more stories trying to convince us drones are good for us. In the same way they prepped us for the war on benefits with the flood of scrounger stories.
If we take Blade Runner and The Minority Report as our guide, to the not too far in the future dystopia, Amazon drones will sponsor state surveillance as they incorporate delivery with law enforcement.

But this is unlikely to be necessary because by then people will be arrested before they commit the crimes, their genetic profile and the content of their data clouds predicts they are likely to perpetrate.

Housing these potential criminals will be the new growth sector in the economy as the government removes potential threats to keep the peace and population densities at acceptable levels.

These prisons will be Le Corbusier super tower-blocks but the prisoners won't sew mail bags or break rocks they will man call centres which will be considered too inhuman for ordinary citizens.
 

OnMeHeadFred

Vital Reserves Team
#10
DeanoVilla - 3/12/2013 12:09

We're only 2 years away from Hover Boards according to Back To The Future.

I'll be gutted if that doesn't happen.
It seems to have some potential operational problems - like the fact that it would have zero friction in all directions.

 

kefkat

Vital Football Legend
#11
Not sure this is a good idea: However we all know that the impossible is becoming possible. Those of us who grew up watching Star Trek could not have envisaged, being able to talk in real time to our friends and family on the other side of the world, by Skype and so on will vouch for that
 
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Guest

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#12
Its a good idea if emergency hospital supplies are required, or transplant organs where time is of the essence. High speed unmanned drones that land in a specialised landing bay could be something we see happen in the near future.
 

OnMeHeadFred

Vital Reserves Team
#13
kefkat - 3/12/2013 13:18

Not sure this is a good idea: However we all know that the impossible is becoming possible. Those of us who grew up watching Star Trek could not have envisaged, being able to talk in real time to our friends and family on the other side of the world, by Skype and so on will vouch for that
I don't know if you have seen this but back in 1980 they did it as an arts project and it seemed to slightly freak people.

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The Fear

A Wise Man (once sat next to him)
#14
I thought we'd all have sliding doors like in Star Trek by now. I spend half my life lamenting the fact we don't. The other half I spend opening and closing doors manually!
 
#16
The Fear - 3/12/2013 16:57

I thought we'd all have sliding doors like in Star Trek by now. I spend half my life lamenting the fact we don't. The other half I spend opening and closing doors manually!
Do they not have them in Redditch then? Pretty much all the supermarkets have them in all parts of the world I've been over the last 20 years but last time I was in Redditch was about that long ago and I simply didn't make a note of the supermarket doors :5:


 
#17
gator - 3/12/2013 17:29

I would love to be beamed up no more long journeys brilliant.
It's theoretically possible but we simply don't have anything like the computing power required. Besides, it would involve destroying you to actually make an identical copy at the destination.........I'll pass thanks.
 

gator

Vital Champions League
#18
Villan Of The North - 3/12/2013 16:58

gator - 3/12/2013 17:29

I would love to be beamed up no more long journeys brilliant.
It's theoretically possible but we simply don't have anything like the computing power required. Besides, it would involve destroying you to actually make an identical copy at the destination.........I'll pass thanks.
Ah well I will stick to manual journeys.
 
#20
Pride of Lions - 3/12/2013 18:07

What would happen if you were out when the drone made a delivery. Would it ask your neighbour to take it in for you I wonder?.......Lol
Just think what would happen with deliveries in Liverpool, not only would your delivery get nicked so would the drone :3: