The cozy behind-the-scenes lobbying by Amazon officials underscores how the company has quietly amassed an unrivalled position of power within the federal government.
Meet Amazon, aspiring military behemoth. In the not too distant future, US soldiers may rely on Amazon-run systems to trade intelligence, relay orders and call for help. Drone footage might be scoured for wanted men and women by Amazon software. Defense department quartermasters would use Amazon technology to move ammunition and supplies. Amazon has largely declined to address the moral dimensions of national security work.
Amazon has filed patent applications in the past for functionalities that involve always listening, such as an algorithm that would analyse when people say they “love” or “bought” something. The patent included a diagram where two people have a phone conversation and were served afterwards with separate targeted advertisements.
Amazon has patented designs for a wristband that can precisely track where warehouse employees are placing their hands and use vibrations to nudge them in a different direction. The concept, which aims to streamline the fulfilment of orders, adds another layer of surveillance to an already challenging working environment.
Rising rents are leading Americans to live in cars and other vehicles, writes Jessica Bruder, the author of Nomadland.
Amazon has raised eyebrows with the launch of a service called Amazon Key: A delivery kit that gives couriers the ability to unlock people’s homes to deliver packages inside.
Amazon’s vision is of homes with Echo devices in every room, listening to every word you say.
Amazon is giving Alexa eyes. And it's going to let her judge your outfits. Machine learning combined with full-length photos and videos have at least the potential to be used for much more than selling you clothes or serving you ads.
Amazon is reportedly looking to launch a series of small convenience stores that will offer onsite pickups of merchandise ordered online, and will scan the license plates of approaching drivers.