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Article posted Dec 04 2013, 2:12 AM Category: Science/Technology Source: The Freeman Print

Drones: Not Just for Missiles Anymore

by STEVE PATTERSON


The internet is abuzz after Amazon unveiled their latest idea: the delivery of goods to your doorstep within thirty minutes via drone. Yes, the infamous drone will finally be put to constructive use. Here's the video, if you haven't already seen it.

The technology is incredible, and their goal is to have these piloted by computers, not humans. Imagine: You punch in your GPS coordinates, wherever you are, and an Amazon “octo-copter” flies quickly to your location and delivers your package.

Drone technology provides us with a clear, sobering contrast: The private sector innovates new ways to create value for people. The government innovates new ways to destroy value and kill people.

Some commercially viable technologies start out in government R&D labs. But this is merely due to their ability gobble up human and other resources that could be used in more productive ways. There’s nothing special about the individuals “innovating” on behalf of the government—if they weren’t employed by the inefficient and destructive government, they could work for private, peaceful companies, at no cost to taxpayers.

I would like to point something else out, however. What a contrast between the individuals working for the private sector and those working in government. Here we have extraordinary technology, and the folks at Amazon ask, “How can we use this to serve people better?” and “Can it make everybody's lives easier?”

The first thing many governmental officials ask is, “Can we strap missiles to it?” and “How effective could this be at killing people?”

Someday, with Amazon's help, it might be exciting to see drones flying overhead, rather than being a reason to run for shelter.





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irishpete

Posted: Dec 05 2013, 10:21 AM

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82145 I wonder , if Amazons drone drops a package on an innocent victim can they (Amazon) claim immunity from prosecution citing unavoidable collatoral damage during their "strike"

& don't even get me started on "double-tapping" !!!

Order the "wrong" kind of book or product & you might git the other kind of drone strike :-(
Anonymous

Posted: Dec 08 2013, 10:33 PM

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65110 This is how we get used to drones flying around us
Nazzlow

Posted: Dec 08 2013, 11:55 PM

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67183 If one of these shows up at my house, I'm keeping it.
Anonymous

Posted: Dec 10 2013, 9:17 AM

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7279 That's what we need, more technology to replace human labor, and who's to say as your package is being delivered, big brother isn't spying on your living environment.


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