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Posted 12/2/13
What do you guys think?

http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=8037720011
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Posted 12/2/13 , edited 12/2/13
Sweet I was just thinking about that

I think it's gonna fail, hard

it'll be expensive, and extremely limited (what you can buy, where you live)

I have amazon fresh available in my area, but I don't use it or plan on using it

I don't think I'd use something so unsafe like amazon air, what if it falls or someone malicious gets "creative".

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Posted 12/2/13
I can see it working, but not in the foreseeable future. Except in very limited instances. Like literally that 10 mile radius, which is a relatively small area really. And even then, only if the area is sparsely populated. The issues with aerial confliction is huge. Especially in a fully automatic (and to work the way Beezos wants it to, it would need to be 100% automated) drone. Kites, balloons, small birds, birds of prey, humans deciding to see if their state offers bounties on shot down drones, privacy issues with people afraid Amazon is taking pictures of their homes as the drones fly over or by it, radio interference, downdrafts, weather, and probably a whole raft load of things I am not even thinking of.

It is not something that is spoken of much, but within the RC community it is known that there are usually several deaths per year due to RC models (often helicopters) crashing or exploding and killing either the operator or a bystander. It is rare, but by no means unheard of. All it takes is a single 5 pound drone falling from 100 feet and killing someone to pretty much destroy the whole project.

I am sure FedEx, UPS, and DHL have teams working on this issue and have been working it for a decade or more. And I am sure they have all failed. That does not mean Amazon cannot make it work, but I find it highly doubtful. The real life hurdles are huge. Just like it is not that we cannot make flying jet cars of the future, but the reliability and safety concerns just do not make such a thing practical.

The only reason automation works to the extent it does in a warehouse or factory is because those areas are very tightly controlled environments. Most chaos effects have been artificially removed. The outside world, however, still has all of those issues.
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Posted 12/2/13
Unless Bezos is putting some serious tracking tech, has a ton of people whose only job is maintaining/watching these things, and has them practically armored... forget about it. And even if he does all that right, it still going to cost a fortune to ship this way, most items won't be able to be shipped like this anyway, and the range of delivery will still be obscenely limited. This is just ego at work.
Posted 12/2/13
I foresee some skeet shooting shenanigans in the future.
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Posted 12/2/13
Gotta say this looks really cool, but I'm not sure how successful it'll be
Also it kinda seems unsafe (wonder if those plastic containers cost alot?)
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Posted 12/2/13
Hopefully I can shoot myself down a PS4.
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19 / M / Canada
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Posted 12/7/13
I just have a feeling that our accidental birth rate is going to go down this year.
That and the revenue of toilet paper.
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Posted 12/7/13
it's just an upgraded and more extensive version of the stork dropping off babies

but really, i think it is interesting but idk how well it will work... because people can just, you know, through rocks at it and the package will drop and people get free packages yay!?
Posted 12/7/13
Wait, Amazon Primeair is real? I saw it on tumblr and just thought of it as a joke. Yeah, I don't think it's gonna work.
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Posted 12/7/13
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Posted 12/7/13 , edited 12/7/13
Jeff Bezos commanding his drone army! Autobots, Roll Out!

Every hikikomori is cheering right now.
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24 / M / Texas
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Posted 12/7/13 , edited 12/7/13
i doubt that its gonna get approved but its a good idea for fast shipping but not really the safest.
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Posted 12/7/13
hmm what about the heavy stuff?
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Posted 12/7/13
I think it sounds awesome, but I don't know if it'll actually work. Seems much more complex (not to mention expensive) than just shipping via a truck. And a lot of people might be put off by having a robot deliver their stuff, either for security concerns (shoot the sucker down and you get freebies!) or the whole ROBOTS SHALL TAKE OVER THE WORLD AHHHH thing.

I, for one, would be obsessively looking out my window just to see the thing drop off a package.

Speaking of shooting down robots:
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/430456/november-13-2013/difference-makers---philip-steel
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