Amazon is building aerial death machines.
It’s easy to accept the Roomba as a fact of life, because it’s basically a Tamagotchi with a vacuum function. There’s nothing threatening about a Roomba. The Amazon Prime drone, though, is much different. Amazon is calling them “octocopters,” which is about as ominous a name as I can think of. In H.G. Wells’ sci-fi classic The War of the Worlds, the Martians are able to reduce the city of London to rubble, and they only havethree appendages. Imagine what a robot with eight can do. Also, the Martian tripods were manned by actual living Martians, so when they died, the tripods became useless. No such luck with these autonomous lobotomizing machines.
This first problem is apparent in the video. The octocopter gracefully passes over a farm and a lake and lands on a back porch, while a father and his son wait safely inside. Only when the octocopter takes off does the man leave the safety of his home to come out and retrieve the package. You know that in real life he’s going to come out too early, and one of the octocopter’s eight sharp rotary blades is going to slice his neck at the jugular, leaving him to die a spluttering death while his child screams inside.