When we think of self driving automation, we are usually thinking in terms of vehicles and long distance transportation but what about personal couriers? Folks needing to move cargo could summon up a deliverbot of the right size for their cargo. Their energy costs will be well under a penny per mile, and after the computer components fall in price thanks to Moore’s law, the units themselves may cost no more than a few thousand dollars. With a life of 200,000 miles or more, that suggests a full cost of under 3 cents/mile.
Delivery is to you, not your address. With deliverbots, you will be able to get absolutely anything for sale in a big city about as fast as you can get a pizza today, and it will be cheap.
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