The End of Civilization is Nigh: The Tacocopter


I don't even know what to say.

A Silicon Valley startup has developed a product that effectively combines all that is wrong with America (gas guzzlers, killer robots, total laziness) with that which is oh, so right: the mighty taco.

There's just one problem: the FAA.

The Huffpost had a chat with one of the founders of the company, which resulted in this delightful quote:

"Current U.S. FAA regulations prevent ... using UAVs [Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, like drones] for commercial purposes at the moment," Simpson said over Gchat. "Honestly I think it's not totally unreasonable to regulate something as potentially dangerous as having flying robots slinging tacos over people's heads ... [O]n the other hand, it's a little bit ironic that that's the case in a country where you can be killed by drone with no judicial review."

Oh the benevolence of airlifting tacos. Nonetheless, the issue of using drones for friendlier purpose isn't the real problem. I don't even want to speculate about how much energy the tacocopter uses as it buzzes around, saving people the trouble of walking half a mile to the nearest taqueria.

On the plus side, this technology has real potential to help people. On the other hand, it could be what leads society to this:


See also: The pizza vending machine.

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