Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Dec 2013 23:52 UTC
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We're excited to share Prime Air - something the team has been working on in our next generation R&D lab.

The goal of this new delivery system is to get packages into customers' hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles.

On the one hand, this is insanely cool, awesome, and scifi.

On the other hand, with timeframes like this and the big 60 Minutes reveal, it smells like a marketing trick during the holiday shopping season.

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Comment by Bengar
by Bengar on Tue 3rd Dec 2013 21:53 UTC
Bengar
Member since:
2009-07-30

Does anyone not worry that if you have Amazon branded drones zooming across the country acting as glorified delivery trucks. Then it would be quite easy to disguise other private, government and police drone activity? This sounds like a great way to pacify the population on the idea of frequent drone operations before a launch of something more nefarious.

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RE: Comment by Bengar
by ilovebeer on Wed 4th Dec 2013 00:07 in reply to "Comment by Bengar"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

Does anyone not worry that if you have Amazon branded drones zooming across the country acting as glorified delivery trucks. Then it would be quite easy to disguise other private, government and police drone activity? This sounds like a great way to pacify the population on the idea of frequent drone operations before a launch of something more nefarious.

Law enforcement drones are already in use in several places and it's only going to become more common & widespread with every passing day. The domestic spying cat is already out of the bag so what is there to disguise? They aren't going to blatantly tell you what they're doing but when you see a drone flying overhead, it's obviously not because it's taking pictures of birds in flight.

I hate to break it to some of you but we are already living in a `surveillance society` and have been for quite some time. People have written about the similarities between Nazi Germany and what we're doing today. The fact that there are any direct comparisons is scary enough but even more so is that we've taken it to the next level, and the one after that.

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RE: Comment by Bengar
by Lennie on Wed 4th Dec 2013 18:43 in reply to "Comment by Bengar"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I'm pretty certain this isn't about replacing trucks. It's about delivery from a warehouse to the customers, the last part.

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