Behold The Tacocopter

By David Wharton | 9 years ago

As much as we may (frequently) complain about the appalling lack of moonbases and flying cars here in the year 2012, there’s no question that many aspects of our everyday lives would boggle the minds of earlier generations. Most of us carry portable computers in our pocket that are more powerful than devices that once filled entire rooms. We can video chat with people around the globe cheaply and easily. Hell, we can even explore the surface of Mars from our easy chair if we feel like it. We are living the future every day, but there are some that would stifle progress and deprive us of the wondrous bounty that technology has to offer. I speak, of course, of the Tacocopter.

As reported by Utah’s KSL.com, the Tacocopter is, well, pretty much exactly what your brain conjures up when you hear the word “Tacocopter.” It’s an unmanned drone aircraft that would fly around delivering delicious tacos to people. All you would have to do is use your smartphone to place an order, and the Tacocopter would whizz to your GPS coordinates. That’s right, people. Somebody invented an aerial robot taco delivery service. I think we can all agree that the Tacocopter is the apex of technological advancement, here to usher in the Singularity in the best possible way: via robot-delivered tacos.

Sadly, however, there are some who do not appreciate the unparalleled beauty of the Tacocopter, and are keeping the Tacocopter grounded, unable to perform the miraculous service for which it was designed. Who are the culprits? The dastardly men and women of the Federal Aviation Administration, who insist that unmanned drones cannot be used for commercial delivery purposes. That’s right, the FAA is standing between you and robot-delivered sky tacos. This will not stand.

Tacocopter was actually dreamt up back in 2011, but has yet to become a reality, although they do have a website (which also advertises their east coast equivalent, Lobstercopter). Co-creator Star Simpson admits that Tacocopter was partially a gag and partially an honest attempt to extrapolate different uses for unmanned drone technology. Either way, Tacocopter isn’t likely to become a reality anytime soon given the FAA regulations standing in the way. Simpson says, “Honestly, I think it’s not totally unreasonable to regulate something as potentially dangerous as having flying robots slinging tacos over people’s heads … (but) it’s something I definitely would like to see and have mulled many ways to make work.”

You know what you have to do. It’s time to write your congressmen. Tacocopter must live.

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