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Amazon patents self-disintegrating drone

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Those who create the future often fail to anticipate the downsides of their creations.

I'm therefore swooning with admiration at a new patent that's just been granted to Amazon.

The company has at least considered what might happen when one of its delivery drones encounters mechanical difficulties.

The idea is that Amazon's technicians and computers would take a look at where the drone is flying, examine the terrain below, take account of any wind or other weather conditions and then automatically break up the drone into smaller pieces that might cause less damage as they fall.

Amazon included a drawing to help envision the effect.

This is no small concern.

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