Technology is about invention and reinventing the invention. The technological developments that happened in the early 19th century laid the foundation for the devices that came later, and most of the new technologies were developed in the western world. The western people believe that their lives are enhanced by technology. Technology can be considered successful only if it meets the services that it is designed for. One big problem with new technology is to foresee the impact before it is used extensively or else the result would be a failure (Harrington, 55), and one such new technology that may fail is the Amazon Drone.
Amazon’s drone or octocopter is a new concept in the field of logistics, as these drones are supposed to deliver Amazon products in a range of 10 miles in urban areas within 30 minutes of ordering a product online on Amazon.com, the giant online retailer. This method of transporting product may sound interesting; however, there are many practical issues associated with this method as the technology to produce drones and make them function effectively is not been researched completely. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that controls the rules of instruments flying in air expects to make commercial drones legally possible in a couple of years, but it currently seems to be impossible to manage the skies with so much less air traffic.
As stated by Harrington (193), several technologies were pilot tested in the war zone, including remote-controlled drone aircraft, but the amazon drones would not need humans to govern them remotely. There is a high possibility of conflicts, and difficulties are prone to arise if these flying devices are opened in crowded areas in large numbers and the platforms that are used to fly these drones. FAA (p.1-17) states that the degree of risk posed by a given hazard can be measured in terms of exposure, severity extent, and the likelihood that a hazard will cause a loss. As it is known to the western world that drones are interconnected with the federal efforts to throw terrorists out of the nation, it may take ages for the people to accept the fact of getting a product delivered by a drone.
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