With the announcement from Amazon that it's working on package delivery via drone, the paranoids and skeptics have come out of the woodwork (For example see: The Amazon Drone: Thunderbird 2 2.0 on Digital Reader, Mommy, the Drone's Here! by Maureen Dowd or USA Today's Is there a 'dark side to Amazon drones, Google robots?) The usual neuroses displayed are : the drones will spy on us, be hazardous to other aircraft, and take people's jobs*.
You know what? I don't care. I can't wait. I not only want drones delivering my pizza, a part from the hardware store, and the cat from the vet, I want my own drone just in case I forget my phone at home. Just think, not more need to go to the trap shooting range - fire away from your back yard. Eventually these drones should be big enough that they could haul me to work, the liquor store, or rescue me from a hike that was tougher than I'd feared.
The self-driving car from Google can't get here too soon either. It won't be long before my children start thinking about taking my car keys away if I have a fender-bender. If I could read on the way to work while the car drives itself, I might actually get through the fourth book of the Game of Thrones series.
And Santa, I want a robot under my tree as well - one that will empty the dishwasher, scratch my back, and put the toilet seat down in case I forget. In fact I could use a refill on my coffee right now...
Glass has particularly prickled privacy advocates, even earning its own Urban Dictionary epithet — “Glasshole” — for those who flaunt their early access, wear Glass into private spaces such as restrooms or instruct the device — “OK, Glass, take a video” — in public. Star Tribune, Dec 3, 2013