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by David M. Sykes, Vice Chair, The Quiet Coalition

Here’s some real buzz from NASA: they’ve launched a robotic helicopter on Mars. The old Zen koan needs a re-write: “What is the sound of one hand clapping?”
Now it’s: “What is the sound of a robot helicopter on an empty planet?”

Will it make Amazon Prime deliveries? To whom—since there’s nobody there yet? Can we call in a takeout order for Mars rocks?

Chances are we’ll see–and hear–robotic helicopters taking off from the roof of Whole Foods before our order from Mars hits the doorstep.