When the situation is most bleak for Katniss Everdeen during the Hunger Games, aid in the form of food or medicine gently floats down from the sky to assist this heroine of the book and movie franchise.
In the world of Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, small drones may someday deliver all your favorite stuff right to your front door in less than an hour.
Bezos expounded on his vision while speaking Sunday on the CBS program 60 Minutes.
The basics would work like this:
A customer orders something from Amazon.
Assuming the customer is within range (about 10 miles) and her order weighs less than five pounds, a drone known as an “octocopter” delivers a pair of socks or a favorite snack or whatever in about 30 minutes.
Bezos says he’d like to see Amazon Prime Air in operation before the end of the decade.
Others, including futurists and tech experts, chortle in response. Policies concerning unmanned aircraft don’t allow drone deliveries. Battery power to make a delivery and return to a warehouse isn’t quite there yet. Bad weather could ground the octocopter. And so on.
No one should wave off these concerns. Yet, the entrepreneurial spirit is in play here, and that can never be grounded.