Sometimes I like to imagine conversations among future alien historians, piecing together life in the early 21st century, after whatever apocalypse awaits us. Surely they will wonder about some things. Our obsession with vampires, for instance, or the appeal of Kanye West.
Then there's this: New details are emerging on Amazon's plans for their upcoming delivery drones - and future historians may well flag this as the precise moment when our species' love of convenience sent us into a terminal death spiral.
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It appears that Amazon wants to create a fleet of delivery drones that not only deliver packages to where you live or work, but to wherever you happen to be standing at any given moment. The service is to be called the "Bring It to Me" delivery option, and the stalwart investigators over at Gizmag have uncovered some details by examining Amazon's patent applications.
The proposed delivery system would use GPS positioning to determine your location, most likely by chatting with whatever mobile device you have in your pocket. Let's say you're out on the boat and you forgot the snacks. Just place the order with your phone and a delivery bot will descend from the skies within a few hours to complete the retail transaction.
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Amazon's patent application - currently on file at the US Patent & Trademark Office - reveals some additional details on the company's plans for its fleet of delivery bots. Drones would be programmed to communicate with a central dispatch system and other drones in proximity to autonomously optimize route planning - monitoring weather, air traffic and other variables.
Relay locations would also be established so that larger cargo might drop off deliveries from the warehouse, with nimbler local drones grabbing up the package and gently dropping it at your feet. Impulse shopping just got a lot more interesting.
I'm sure this will all work out fine.