Attack! of the Drones


A few days ago the Today Show splattered video footage of Amazon Prime Air’s (subsidy of Amazon.com) unmanned flying delivery craft. Touted, or rather questioned, as being the next step in new age means to deliver anything from books to food to you, the media presents them with both fascination and horror. Imagine our skies filled with robotic giant mosquitoes raining pizza and pornography at your doorstep, mechanical creatures void of any emotion or connect with humans…scary shit folks.

Once you get over the initial fear you realize that this technology is not quite ready to hit the big cities – not yet. There are too many uncontrolled variables to make it profitable, such as what will Amazon or Taco Bell start doing when people shoot their unmanned craft down to salvage food or product – or just for the hell of it? There is no control or guidelines as to how these things must operate or where they will be allowed to hover – and then there’s the sabotage factor…opposing companies begin constructing  suicide drones to crash and destroy Amazon’s fleet of delivery droids. An army of remote controlled Mafioso killbots taking down a few flying machines until ‘protection’ money is paid. How does our world’s already depleted human workforce compete for jobs with a bucket of metal? Thousands of fleet footed pizza delivery folks and dedicated UPS workers have their jobs taken so what gives them any income to go out and buy that flown to your door food? So many variables pop up around the question of this new tech world.

Just because we can build it doesn’t mean we understand the ramifications behind our actions. We have the ability to clone humans but no one is out there promoting that; it’s much too scary a thing to fathom. Our computers grow faster and smarter each season with little time for any of us to sit and fully relish the good, bad and ugly sides of what we are creating. Language between humans has been reduced to smallspeak, abbreviated means of communicating ideas and thoughts to one another that lack the zeal and deep understanding we labored years to attain, now pissed down the sidewalk and replaced with an app that lets you push a button and watch something go ‘pop’ for your enjoyment…what the fuck is going on?

Advancement is a blessing and a curse and I hope we can hold onto the things that keep us sentient while striving to better the human race. I imagine the day will come when drone delivery is as common as the fax machine once was – that now outdated communication device that seemed so highly advanced within my lifetime – but what next? How soon are we lured away from the things that make human life so unique and fed into a sterile existence that merely supplies nutrients and adequate supplies to keep us ticking?  I love my computer but I have to step away from it all the time because it lacks what I truly need. My computer only makes things more readily available and that only helps me become more sloth. Smart phones simply quicken the pace of what I feel I must know but only by eliminating a more precious gift from me; time.

I need some fucking scotch…..maybe I can get a drone to deliver me some ice for this glass of Dewars…..


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