And this is the other thing I find most fascinating and disturbing about the app: the brutally frank way in which it encapsulates a particularly fraught aspect of our relationship to technology. When I look at that little pie chart of my remaining days, I see my life represented as a kind of product, a consumer good with a timeline of built-in obsolescence. The imperative is to get as much use-value out of yourself as you can, while you can.
86% of products that Amazon ships weighs 5 pounds or less.
The drones would be operating autonomously.
Jeff Bezos talking indirectly about the Innovator’s Dilemma when addressing why Amazon is pursuing Prime Air:
Jeff Bezos: Companies have short life spans Charlie. And Amazon will be disrupted one day.
Charlie Rose: And you worry about that?
Jeff Bezos: I don’t worry about it ‘cause I know it’s inevitable. Companies come and go. And the companies that are, you know, the shiniest and most important of any era, you wait a few decades and they’re gone.
Charlie Rose: And your job is to make sure that you delay that date?
Jeff Bezos: I would love for it to be after I’m dead.