Jeff Bezos' '60 Minutes' Surprise: Amazon Drones

The Atlantic

60 Minutes, though almost definitely not a fan of surprises at its own expense, tried to give one to its viewers tonight, promoting its interview with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos as having a "big surprise" with "something he wanted to unveil for the first time" to correspondent Charlie Rose, who saw it and let out an "oh my god!"

The internet was abuzz! What could it be? A new newspaper purchase? A service that delivers Amazon purchases to your doorstep instantly? A real Benghazi witness?

Also, this fun-ruiner:

So, after all that hype, what was the big surprise?

DRONES!

Amazon Prime Air Drones, to be exact. They are autonomous and will somehow, someday help Amazon deliver packages in 30 minutes or less.

"One day, Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today," says Amazon's FAQ.

And then, according to basically every science fiction movie ever made, they'll rise up against us and usher in the apocalypse.

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Here are our new robot overlords in action:

 

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