From today's USA TODAY:
Once the FAA drafts its drone regulations, integrating the devices into U.S. airspace could boost the economy by at least $13.6 billion in the first three years and the economic benefit may top $82 billion between 2015 and 2025, the AUVSI estimated earlier this year. It could also create more than 70,000 new jobs, including 34,000 manufacturing positions, in the first three years, the group forecast. In 10 years, it projects 100,000 jobs will be added.
Well... nice to know that I was a day ahead of the news.
It has be seen to be believed. And, crazy though it sounds, at least everyone on the planet except us is coming up with ideas for the future of non-oil, non-nuke energy.
Or maybe Japan just wants to relocate to the moon after they fried themselves in Fukishima.
As if the whole Black Thursday/Friday thing wasn't enough to keep tongues wagging all weekend, Amazon came out Sunday night on 60 minutes with the ultimate one-upping of commercialism.
I got the sales papers on Thursday, I saw the ads and the low low prices. And, out of curiosity, I went online to see how those prices compared. To my surprise, I found the prices to be the same on all the items I looked up. And Amazon was matching prices all over the place.
Then Amazon came out on TV showing us their flying drones and their plan to have 30 minute drone delivery via PRIME AIR service. Move over Domino's Pizza and their 30 minutes of less promise!
While part of me is leary of the buzzing of drones, and the competition to be drone delivery dominant that will certainly follow from the folks at UPS and FedEx, et al, part of me thinks that this is kind of cool.
Drones have been villified and simplified in the past year as part of the War conversations, but there are many great uses of drone technology. Naturally, the ones that will somehow take root first will be the commercial and sales side of things (God bless capitalism, right?)
But think of the lifesaving possbilities. Stranded hikers? Send them a parka, some food and supplies while awaiting rescue. Hell, even help pinpoint and rescue folks!
Of course, the 5 pound limit that Amazon is testing will give way to being able to carry more and more weight as competition heats up. And, I have little doubt that we'll eventually look up at the sky when we hear the soon-to-be-familar buzzing of the drones flying overheard, to see some yahoo clinging to one of the drones trying to ride it.
Regardless, Amazon may have found the key to people suddenly dropping their complaints about drones, when they see them being used for profit at a more rapid rate.
I can't wait to hear how Fox "news" tries to talk the gun nuts out of shooting down drones because of the high risk to commerce and capitalism.
Here's an article with some great video: