A flying warehouse delivering our fears by drone
“This right here is borderline dystopian,” a now viral tweet
posted at the weekend says. The video attached to it shows an ‘flying warehouse’ dropping drones out of its underside, presumably heading off to deliver packages. Amazon’s logo is emblazoned upon the side of this slow-moving, sky-hogging monstrosity.
In the past couple of days I’ve seen it shared time and time again with people expressing their alarm at the sight. The only problem? The video is a fake, produced with CGI
. Amazon has in the past filed a patent for a flying warehouse
, but it’s nowhere near sending one up into the skies.
Now, I have no doubt that some people sharing the video knew it was fake, but many didn’t, and I personally haven’t seen anyone sharing the video while explaining it’s not real – just people debunking it in replies.
The video is so shareable because it speaks directly to our fears about the increasing domination of big tech companies, about the decline of small retailers, and about the pace of technological change.
But it’s on all of us to stop misleading information spreading if we value a society that is informed by reality and not myths. If Amazon really was showing off a flying warehouse, would it not be all over the news?