This is quite possibly the best bad idea that any company has ever had.
No, it won't actually work. Size and distance are extremely limiting factors, for one, but they've solved that by limiting the radius from an Amazon warehouse and limiting the weight to five pounds. What about all of the other factors that could come into play? There are almost too many to list, but...
- Power lines
- Faulty GPS
- Faulty helicopter-thingy
- People shooting them out of the sky
- People watching where they land and looting them in a matter of seconds
...and more! I just think that the world is far too unpredictable for this to work right as often as it needs to, that's all. Though, frankly, if I were near enough an Amazon warehouse I would totally get a candy bar, some shampoo, and razors delivered just so I can say that I did.
Planes and helicopters seem to to do fine without being shot out of the sky or being destroyed by birds. Also, people seem to forget that drones already exist and are already flying around the US. This isn't that new. It's just being used commercially that's new. Seriously, a lot of people in the thread are really fucking reactionary/alarmist about some awesome stuff.