Autonomous drone flight is a technical inevitability. As existing technology continues to improve, drones will get better and better at navigating varied terrain without direct human supervision. I have no doubt that the system Amazon outlines in this video will set new standards in sensing and guidance technology.

But it’s important not to confuse technical inevitabilities with social inevitabilities. It is in Amazon’s best interest to make you think that delivery drones are coming whether you like them or not, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Technological progress may be inevitable, but the details of its implementation are not.

A classic battle of convenience and morality, progress versus the status quo. etc.


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