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(Boing Boing)   Old and busted: Pizza delivery by bike. New hotness: Burrito delivery by drone   (boingboing.net) divider line 35
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2548 clicks; posted to Geek » on 10 Dec 2012 at 9:10 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-12-10 08:53:55 PM  
Also known as counter service at Taco Bell
 
2012-12-10 09:13:18 PM  
Old and busted: This news.
 
2012-12-10 09:15:48 PM  
So weve got the machine that can make 300 burgers to order, start to finish an hour, weve got drones doing the delivering, weve got RFID tags eliminating the checkout lane as we know it...

Were running out of jobs for low skilled people to do. Most minimum wage positions only exist today because its cheaper than automation, for now.
 
2012-12-10 09:24:27 PM  
Tacocopter will always be real for me.
 
2012-12-10 09:31:54 PM  
And we still can't get food to people who are starving.
 
2012-12-10 09:34:44 PM  
If these can delivered by a flying dead cat, I'm in.
 
2012-12-10 09:37:09 PM  
"Wait, Ahmed, that's not a burrito! That's a ..." *BOOM!*
 
2012-12-10 09:39:00 PM  
Great. N0bummer goes from using drones to destroy innocent families to destroying innocent toilets. What's next? Guantanmo becomes a resort?
 
2012-12-10 09:51:16 PM  

arbitterm: And we still can't get food to people who are starving.


Delivery is easy. The world is a breadbasket and we live in an era where transport is cheap.
The blockage is coming from dictators on the ground who use famine as a weapon. People like this guy.
dl.dropbox.com 

Getting rid of them means sending in men with guns to clear the road, but then things get all complicated and people tell us we aren't supposed to do that.
We can't use force, the supplies can't get through, and no one wants to own up to fixing the mess. So others will continue to starve while I get my Burritos by UAV.

That's just how it is.
 
2012-12-10 10:00:34 PM  
Reminds me of the self-delivering jet UPS packages in Vernor Vinge's "Rainbows End".
 
2012-12-10 10:01:26 PM  
Actually UpEx (FedEx reference).
 
2012-12-10 10:13:18 PM  
Uncle Enzo approves.
 
2012-12-10 10:16:04 PM  
Still a hoax.
 
2012-12-10 10:25:38 PM  
Burger Gun. "Almost Live". 1988.
 
2012-12-10 10:27:05 PM  
Burger Gun. "Almost Live". 1988.

Sounds like an awesome album
 
2012-12-10 10:32:22 PM  
This is change I can believe in. All praise goes our glorious Dear Leader Hussein Fartbongo
 
2012-12-10 10:45:40 PM  

StinkyFiddlewinks: Uncle Enzo approves.


Came here to make that reference, doing it anyway:

i.techrepublic.com.com
 
2012-12-10 11:07:44 PM  
that music was so annoying.
 
2012-12-10 11:42:07 PM  

BalugaJoe: that music was so annoying.


Nah, it was pretty epic. Not something to keep on repeat tho.

Also, they made this type of thing illegal didn't they.
 
2012-12-10 11:44:17 PM  
Didn't we hear about this a few months ago? It's a good idea - as long as the food is good. I stopped in at a local taco shop the other day. I looked at their menu and asked for 2 of their Steak,Chicken,Pork,Shrimp. tacos The guy behind the counter just looked at me funny and I just pointed at the menu and said yeah - I want 2 of those. I mean it sounded awesome but apparently it was a Steak, Chicken, Pork OR Shrimp taco. I settled for steak. It was crappy. They were the smallest tortillas I've ever seen. To their credit, they didn't really skimp on the meat but when they got done filling it up with lettuce, salsa, guacomole and sour cream there was no way you could eat that thing like a taco. I had to grab a fork. Hmmm...I wonder if they're still open.

Not really, but tortillas are dirt cheap. If they doubled the size of the tortilla and raised their priced by 25 cents I would recommend this place to people.
 
2012-12-10 11:44:37 PM  
What's to prevent these things from failing via a power glitch or low batteries to the microcontroller(s), throwing a rotor, impacting with an angry bird, encountering wind gust that pushes them into power lines? And what about the noise?

What if a self-landing multicopter with a problem lands in my hot tub? What if my dog attacks the copter and destroys it? What happens if a burrito falls from the sky and my dog eats it? If they're serious about the parachute thing, what happens if it lands anywhere on earth other than my front porch and I don't get to it before someone else does because, after all, it landed in his back yard?

And, given that they already sell so many hobbyist grade multicopters with cameras, what will the air look like above my back yard?

In any case, that does it. I'm getting a dog.
 
2012-12-11 12:14:59 AM  
First it was tacos.
Now it burritos.
Next it will be chimichangas-WHEN WILL THE MADNESS END!
 
2012-12-11 12:20:04 AM  

mofa: What's to prevent these things from failing via a power glitch or low batteries to the microcontroller(s),


Just the fact that the store won't want to lose these things just as they don't want their delivery people to wreck their cars

throwing a rotor, impacting with an angry bird, encountering wind gust that pushes them into power lines?

very unlikely

And what about the noise?

get back to me when Harley Davidsons are illegal

What if a self-landing multicopter with a problem lands in my hot tub?

Free multicopter!

What if my dog attacks the copter and destroys it? What happens if a burrito falls from the sky and my dog eats it?

free meal!

If they're serious about the parachute thing, what happens if it lands anywhere on earth other than my front porch and I don't get to it before someone else does because, after all, it landed in his back yard?

This is why you pay with a credit card so you can contest the charges if they fail to deliver.

And, given that they already sell so many hobbyist grade multicopters with cameras, what will the air look like above my back yard?


Brown? As in smoggy. Much like it looks today, in other words

n any case, that does it. I'm getting a dog.

Go to an animal shelter then. Please don't support the puppy mill industry.
 
2012-12-11 12:44:20 AM  
Damnit only the police are allowed to fly drones above my city! OPPRESSION!
 
2012-12-11 12:57:45 AM  
actually it's:

Old and busted = burritocopter

New hotness = pizza making and delivering autonomous cars.
 
2012-12-11 01:13:55 AM  
I deliver all my stuff via catapult.

"1 large pepperoni with stuffed crust. Please be within 7 blocks of Oak Hill road and your pizza will arrive shortly."
 
2012-12-11 06:10:53 AM  
It's all fun and games until a burrito lands on my roof
 
2012-12-11 06:16:10 AM  

Farkenhostile: It's all fun and games until a burrito lands on my roof


Those are the healthy eating burritos.
 
2012-12-11 08:02:09 AM  

way south: The blockage is coming from dictators on the ground who use famine as a weapon. People like this guy.


I don't see a man in that picture...
 
2012-12-11 08:24:16 AM  

LoneVVolf: way south: The blockage is coming from dictators on the ground who use famine as a weapon. People like this guy.

I don't see a man in that picture...


Oh, he's there.
(When you see it, Brick shiatting, etc...)

dl.dropbox.com

dl.dropbox.com


dl.dropbox.com
 
2012-12-11 09:34:02 AM  
Now if they could do it with tacos they would have something
 
2012-12-11 09:38:41 AM  
Unless they can fly the drone into my living-room and drop the burrito within reaching distance from my couch, I declare this a FAILURE!
 
2012-12-11 09:45:30 AM  
I really want that "Dictators as anime girls" book, just to say that it exists and I have it
 
2012-12-11 12:36:37 PM  

Cyno01: So weve got the machine that can make 300 burgers to order, start to finish an hour, weve got drones doing the delivering, weve got RFID tags eliminating the checkout lane as we know it...

Were running out of jobs for low skilled people to do. Most minimum wage positions only exist today because its cheaper than automation, for now.


Ned Ludd would like a word with you.
 
2012-12-11 03:41:57 PM  

meanmutton: Cyno01: So weve got the machine that can make 300 burgers to order, start to finish an hour, weve got drones doing the delivering, weve got RFID tags eliminating the checkout lane as we know it...

Were running out of jobs for low skilled people to do. Most minimum wage positions only exist today because its cheaper than automation, for now.

Ned Ludd would like a word with you.


Im not arguing against automation at all, if a machine can do a better/cheaper/faster job than a human, which is an eventuality, great, it frees humans up for more lofty pursuits. Im just saying our society isnt built on that sort of economic model, people need to work to put food on the table, if there just arent enough jobs to go around, what do we do? Start taxing robots and automation and give everybody a big screen tv and an xbox to placate them and a check for food and rent every month? Im not anti tech, im just asking how does our society need to adjust to that inevitability, you cant have a post scarcity society but still expect everyone to put in 40 hours of work a week.
 
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