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Amazon Drone Delivery

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Amazon has begun testing the use of drones for delivery of their products, adding to the growing list of commercial drone users.

Though this may just be a clever marketing ploy that never makes it out of the R&D phase, it is definitely a fascinating idea. Surely one of Amazon’s greatest costs must be shipping, and drones could be a good way to lessen that cost in addition to making it an internal operation as opposed to using external companies like UPS or the US Postal Service.

It is somewhat discomforting to imagine a fleet of delivery drones buzzing above our heads every day, and with the volume that Amazon deals with it’s hard to imagine that drones could handle so many deliveries.

Creepy Advanced Robots Part 1: Atlas Humanoid Robot

More and more lately, I’ve been feeling like we haven’t learned anything from the hyper intelligent robots of Hollywood. That’s not to say that robotics is bad, just more that some of the robots of today seem a bit too advanced for our own good. Enter the Atlas robot, one of the most advanced humanoid robots around. It can dodge obstacles in its way, correct its balance, and a whole host of other things aimed at making it an effective helper in emergency situations (in case we need someone to run into a volcano or the bottom of the ocean).

Read more over at the Darpa Robotics Challenge website and The Verge.