This talk seems timely since Jeff Bezos grabbed the headlines lately because of a statement he made about Amazon using drones to deliver packages within four or five years.
Andreas Raptopoulos, in this TED talk which follows, is promoting drones for regions in Africa where there is no road infrastructure.
Demonstrating a drone delivery during the TED talk, he told us that a delivery of 2 kilograms traveling more than 10 kilometers would cost 24 cents, and the energy required for the same delivery would only cost 2 cents.
The drone “infrastructure” would cost far less than road infrastructure and would be designed based on ideas of the internet, also operating 24/7.
Making drone deliveries would have a low ecological footprint, and could also be applied to the urban areas, which are rapidly growing around the world, as a new layer of transportation.
As the camera panned the TED audience faces, people looked skeptical. Many minds were filled with questions, I’m sure, ethical and otherwise.
Like they say, the genie is out of the bottle. Looks unstoppable to me.
Finally, here is Amazon’s Prime Air drone method demonstrated in this 1-minute video, if you’re interested.