Bill Gates on Jeff Bezos’ Amazon Prime Air

via The Verge: Bill Gates on CNN’s The Lead:

Physical products delivered by drone, I’d say he’s probably on the optimistic or perhaps even the overly optimistic end of that. It’s great that people have dreams like that.

If we can make the cost of delivery easier, then it’s not just books. It’s getting health supplies out to people in tough places. Drones overall will be more impactful than I think people recognize in positive ways to help society.

Tech pioneers dream big dreams, and I think he’s allowed to have a vision there. It would be great if we could come anywhere close to that for a lot of products.

What is not to like about a 30-minute drone delivery service? It’s fun to dream, but there are lots of hurdles to make this a reality: battery technology, protection from mother nature (weather, birds, etc.), legislation of safe traffic laws for drones, theft, etc. I wouldn’t be surprised if Amazon designs a Prime Air docking station for the home where the drones settle down, unlock the packages, and as the drones fly off the packages are secured in a way where only the recipients can open. And way into the future we wouldn’t need most of this stuff to get delivered; we’d just pay for the downloadable 3D print file, and print them. Maybe in less than 30 minutes.