From cell phones to smart watches, science fiction writers have a track record for showcasing technologies in their fiction that become reality years later.
Amazon’s planned delivery drones, unveiled last night on CBS' 60 Minutes, looked very familiar to fans of the Fox sci-fi series Almost Human. The same technology was portrayed in last week’s episode, when a drone that looked much like Amazon’s was used to deliver small packages to a group of terrorists who had taken control of a floor in a high-rise building.
Almost Human takes place in 2048, but Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, told 60 Minutes that his drones could take flight in as early as five years, ABC News reports.
.…Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a primetime interview that while the octocopters look like something out of science fiction, there's no reason they can't be used as delivery vehicles. …. While it's tough to say exactly how long it could take the project to get off the ground, Bezos told "60 Minutes" that he thinks it could happen in four or five years.