Last Friday, I had a great debate with a friend of mine, Bill Hammer. His position was that having a huge military budget did nothing but bury the economy. I countered that the military, in many ways, is the equivalent of the government investing funds in the development of new technologies and mass production. I would add that, in the business of ‘kill or be killed’, the stakes are no higher when it comes to a need for quality and productivity.
(Please don’t write me ‘war mongerer’ death threats with this post. I am absolutely not saying that the price of technology and mass production is worth spilling blood over.)
With all that said, check out Gizmodo’s article on unmanned marketing drones. Influence and automation! Of course, I’m not sure that this is a win for consumers. The last thing I want is a fly by buzzing my bluetooth PDA telling me that deodorant is on sale the next block over.
Perhaps Bill had a point…
If you’re an online retailer, you’re already familiar with the selling power of Amazon. With more than 310 million active user accounts and 44% of all online retail sales in the US going through the marketplace, this e-commerce giant’s influential position continues to expand.