I am trying to imagine the Amazon.com air corps delivery drones circling my neighborhood, gently dropping off brown cardboard boxes in the snow, in plenty of time for Christmas. Judging from the delivery van traffic in my neighborhood the last month, I think mid-air drone collisions would be a concern, but they’ll probably work that out.
We seem to be approaching the dream age when we do much of our shopping on the little computers we carry in our pockets. Whether this is a good thing or the end of the world as we know it, I do not know. I don’t think it matters. We consumers will do what is convenient if the price is right, and ignore the social and economic consequences. We may see our local retailers suffer, and that will be poignant. They are our friends and neighbors. But after we express sympathy and regret we will reach for the iPad and check out the buy-it-now deals on Ebay or sign up for Amazon Prime. I hope the delivery drone misses my tree.