Bill Gates Supports Jeff Bezos Drone Project

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By now I’m sure you have seen the CBS 60 Minutes report by Charlie Rose, featuring Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos showing off a drone delivery system for packages.  At best, the project is 5 years down the line, and it has now been widely reported the news report was a commercial to help Amazon on Cyber Monday.

Huffington Post: First Victim of Amazon Drones: The Credibility of CBS and 60 Minutes

Breitbart: Media Duped By Amazon’s Spectacular Drone Ploy

Many people asked why Bezos personally bought the Washington Post, I think we now know why.  Interesting to note, Amazon is also building a datacenter for the CIA, an organization that is a fan of drones too.  But these discussions are beyond the scope of this blog, onto the main topic at hand.

Former Microsoft CEO and current chairman of the software giant Bill Gates weighed in to throw his support behind Amazon’s drone delivery. Bill Gates speaking on CNN’s The Lead, Gates voiced strong support for using drones as a means of delivery.

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

But beyond delivering your Amazon orders, Gates said Bezos’ ambitious plan could help make drones a viable solution for many health-related missions

“If we can make the cost of delivery easier, then it’s not just books,” Gates said.  “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.”

Gates hopes Bezos will not give up:

“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.”

It’s really wonderful to see Bill Gates work so hard at making the world a better place.  Drones may indeed be a great way to get health supplies in tough places.

Source: The Verge



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  • Nham Thien Duong

    This is actually innovative, I don’t get why the media makes these things out to be like the Drones the U.S. Government uses them to be, some of the headlines made it look like ”buy your own deadly drones”.

    • donzebe

      It is a great innovative idea, it can work and really work well if Amazon be the only company allow to use it. You and I know that will not happen. Once the FAA and FCC approve it for Amazon at 8:00 am by 8:30 am, other companies will be in line, It will not only end there, you and I will be in line too. This will not be easy to regulate as we do cars and planes today. For now let wait and see what happen next.

  • Captain Panaka

    I want R2D2 to deliver the mail!

  • reKitab

    I’m all for it, as Bill Gates sites “…getting health supplies out to people in tough places…”. But I’m against, if it’s used to deliver caviar to some billionaires’ yatch:)