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Sunday, December 01, 2013

Drone Questions


After watching tonight's "60 Minutes" infomercial on Amazon and its plans to someday deliver products via drone helicopters, I'm curious:
  • If current FAA laws prohibit commercial drone flight in the US, where did the company shoot the promotional video it posted to YouTube moments after the segment aired?
  • Can an Amazon drone deliver a new career opportunity to suspended "60 Minutes" correspondent Lara Logan?
  • How will the drones avoid electric/cable/phone lines en route? Do they show up on GPS?
  • Will customers have to return the plastic box the product is delivered in, or wait for Amazon Airborne Recycling Retrieval?
  • CEO Jeff Bezos proclaims that drones will make it easy to deliver products weighing less than five pounds in urban areas within a half-hour of ordering, but if someone lives in an apartment, will they want their package dropped randomly in front of the building?
  • At what point will Amazon's drones join forces with SkyNet and become self-aware?