NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- In light of Amazon's (AMZN) disclosure of a so-called "octocopter," a prototype delivery drones that will inevitably grow into a robotic brigade large enough to blot out the sun in most urban areas, I combed my mind to think of the dumbest thing I could say about the world's largest online retailer.
Here it is: Amazon and Google (GOOG) will eventually merge to form a corporate monolith powerful enough to make Blade Runner's Tyrell Corporation look like a friendly small business.
I mean what other conclusions can you draw from Amazon's drone announcement, made on CBS's (CBS) 60 Minutes?
According to my Twitter (TWTR) feed, Bezos's delivery drones, part of a new service called Amazon Prime Air, are certain to put FedEx (FDX) and the U.S. Postal Service out of business. And to think it was only a month ago that the media said Amazon's decision to create Sunday delivery for Prime customers in New York and Los Angeles would be the saving grace for our friends at the cash-strapped postal service?Bezos's "octocopters," Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk's so-called 'hyperloops' and digital currencies bring out the worst a the hyperbolic and hamster wheel running media industry. Why deal in facts, sober analysis and disclaimers when you can present a completely new vision of the world to readers on an almost daily basis? Buckminster Fuller would be a trillionaire in today's market. The unveiling of the octocopter and Bezos' reference to a "Secret lab 126" in California on 60 Minutes was seemingly designed to bring out the hype in the media industry. The internet needs and wants shiny new things. So it seems the base case is that when -- not if -- Amazon launches its drone army, it will sow the demise of traditional mail. Never mind that it doesn't appear the drones will actually deliver mail and or anything weighing over 10 pounds. Moreover, it only seems applicable to urban areas. Bezos also conceded that there's a lot more technological work needed to ensure that flying delivery drones won't present a danger to urban society and that the Federal Aviation Association will ultimately be the arbiter on the feasibility of the project. "It will work and it will happen," Bezos said on 60 Minutes. Given his libertarian bent, maybe this is Bezos' revenge for the Stamp Act of 1765. If we are going to define Amazon by every prototype idea that comes out of the PR department of the Seattle-based retailer, I want to up the ante on the speculation. So here it is: Amazon and Google are a perfect fit. Think about it. Amazon is the disrupting force in retail and publishing,while Google commands an ever larger share of the advertising market through its suite of internet search products, software and tech services. Amazon Web Services is fast becoming an IT powerhouse, while tech reporters speculated for months about whether Google was building a floating data center in San Francisco Bay, only to be disappointed when Google said its Bay Area barge was just "an interactive space where people can learn about new technology." Overall, I'm seeing a lot of synergy. Meanwhile, Amazon and Google are developing countless ancillary products -- whether it's streaming video in Amazon's case or Google Glass and driverless cars in Google's case -- that appear to mesh well together. Furthermore, some of Amazon's products like the Kindle Fire HD tablet may fail where Google designs actually succeed. If both Amazon and Google are fast at work trying to revolutionize publishing, retail, TV, automotive, cable, broadband, travel, advertising, and IT industries, I say the most revolutionary speculation would be to envision a world where both firms are combined. It would be fulfilling in the sense that the dreams of sci-fi luminaries like Philip K. Dick, Arthur C. Clarke and George Orwell would finally be realized!
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