Unless you've been living in a remote mountain cave with someone claiming to be the real Osama Bin Laden, you no doubt saw the hype around the PR stunt visionary promotion of Amazon's research project Amazon Prime Air, which uses unmanned aerial drones to deliver items ordered from Amazon in minutes, not days.
It's bullshit, of course. Good for stock movement. Good for thought leadership. And shouldn't be taken seriously by anyone with a frontal lobe more developed than an eggplant.
A few reasons why it's a waste of electrons:
2) The FAA has no motivation to let this happen. Think about how irrationally crazy the FAA is about amateur pilots, and they grandfathered in. The NHTSA wont let driverless cars on the road without a licensed driver behind the wheel (which essentially makes the driverless cars very expensive cruise-control), and they can...what...get in a fender bender on the freeway? What damage could an errant drone do to an airplane full of high school athletes returning victoriously from nationals? Nope. Nice try to assumptive-close the 3-5 year time window on that one too, Bezos.
3) Really, how many random <5lb items do you order from Amazon? How many couldn't be quicker/less-expensively printed on a 3D printer at your house? I'm not talking your next laptop or flat-screen, but drones aren't going to be entrusted with expensive and/or heavy items like that anyway.
Look, I am a Bezos fanboy, and love what they have built as a company, but even my techno-utopian-calibrated bullshit-o-meter went redline watching the propaganda reel 60 minutes episode on Amazon Prime Air.
And, yes, someone did point out to me the Forbes article about how many things Amazon sells that weigh less than 5 lbs.