Edward O. Wilson is Pellegrino University Professor Emeritus at Harvard University. In addition to two Pulitzer Prizes (one of which he shares with Bert Hölldobler), Wilson has won many scientific awards, including the National Medal of Science and the Crafoord Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
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Very soon it may be true that in some parts of the world drones are what shadow, spy, and kill, while elsewhere drones are just what deliver the junk you bought online that afternoon. Someone attempting to put finger to this modern world’s fundamental dichotomy could do a lot worse than that. This absurd little global delineation would come courtesy of Amazon.com, whose founder Jeff Bezos unveiled the plan on 60 Minutes this past weekend. Amazon “Octocopters”—so named for their eight individually powered blades—would deliver packages of up to five pounds to areas within a 10-mile radius of an Amazon distribution center. Given the speed with which the company is erecting such center…