I am more than sure that the new Amazon Octocopters venture is not just a marketing ploy. The idea of ordering stuff to have it dropped on your porch in a few hours is deeply appealing.
I can see the not so distant future, when the drones, having matured in their confidence and intelligence, will undertake some additional chores, such as:
- Leaving reviews of the books or other purchased items they drop, something in the vein of:"This story did not intrigue me at all. I fell asleep almost every time I picked it up. I literally struggled to finish it. It was written well I won't deny that. It just didn't captivate me. I'm glad I'm done with it."*
- Cutting open the infamous plastic "blister" packaging to make it buyer-accessible.
- Mowing lawns in need of attention.
- Taking on some punitive roles. "Dear Sir/Madam, I am sorry to inform you that due to non-payment of the three electricity bills in a row I have disconnected your power line this morning. Your friendly Amazon drone at your service".
(*) Borrowed from Good Reads for the purpose.