At this point, I cannot even be forming shocked when I hear of new technology promising to take us to heights never reached before. I remember when cell phones started coming out with cameras and I thought it was the craziest thing ever. Now you’d have to go to the museum to see phones without cameras. I wonder what kind of technology we will have when my children are my age now. Crazy, huh?Anyway, as we all know, Amazon revolutionized the way we buy things online. It was Amazon that put e-commerce on the map. And today, it’s absurd when a company doesn’t have an option for its customers to buy online. Yikes. Now, Amazon is trying to change the market yet again. First of all, let me mention – because I know they want to know – that I am still mad at Amazon for changing its minimum order for free shipping from $25 to $35. I mean, what is up with that?! But I digress.
So, Amazon wants to introduce delivery via quadcopters (drones). If you’re like me, the mention of drones makes you think of two things: bombs and spy cameras. Yes, I know that drones are only the carriers, not what is being carried. That said, the idea of having packages delivered by the drones does sound very interesting. I mean, you order something from Amazon and the drone delivers it within 30 minutes. That’s faster than pizza!
As exciting as this sounds, I do have some questions for Amazon, and I’m hoping that Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO will get back to me with the answers. He has my e-mail address from when I order from Amazon.
1. What are the odds of this drone hitting me in the head?
2. What if I’m not home? Will the drone know?
3. What if the drone goes to the wrong address?
4. What if the drone gets into an accident on its way? I’m assuming that fellow drones will be in the airspace, too?
5. Who will be controlling this drone?
6. What else can the drone transport?
7. What is the weight limit of the drone because I might need to go to Nigeria real quick?
8. Will there be an extra charge for this service? Wait, it’s called Amazon Prime Air, so the question is, how much more will it cost?
9. Will the drone be able to act as a transportation service to deliver other things to people?
10. Speaking of delivering other things, will the post office start using drones, too?
11. What if the drone gets caught in a tree?
12. What if I throw a stone at it?
13. What if I shine a bright torch at it and blind it?
P.S. Yesterday was Cyber Monday, and Amazon got 300 orders every second. Second, not minute. That’s 18,000 orders per minute and over a million orders per hour. Choi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!