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Pre-emptive disclaimer: yes, some parts of this idea are
part-baked, already baked, and have significant social
Fully-autonomous vehicles are nearly with us, probably
far away. Automated warehousing and dispatch systems
Im proposing an integration of current
systems to allow me to send stuff to you with the least
amount of hassle.
So, youve bought a thing from me via some online
I arrange on-line for collection/delivery via a carrier. Im
issued a digital consignment code.
An automated vehicle is dispatched to my home (or
specified location) to collect. Van arrives at my location,
and on its side is an array of locked consignment
cupboards. Via a convenient keypad, or using NFC on my
phone, I provide my consignment details. A single
opens to accept my item for dispatch. I place the item in
the cupboard and receive a digital dispatch receipt (or
perhaps scan a QR, take a photo...) to validate dispatch.
Autonomous vehicle travels to depot (collecting multiple
items along the way) Automated depot sorts items and
routes them for national or international distribution.
On the receiving end, the delivery system has confirmed
item en-route, and provides options of time and place of
delivery. Autonomous delivery van arrives at your
location (at the specified time), contacts you via mobile
alert you of arrival.
You go out to the van, scan in or manually enter the
appropriate code, which opens the relevant item
for you to receive your newly-purchased item.
Perhaps for validation the system takes a photo of you
receiving the goods. Or perhaps an encrypted token from
your phone (again via NFC) is adequate.
The delivery van could, if you allowed it, use your
dynamically from your phone so you dont need to be
home for deliveries - it delivers to you, where you are,
at a given time.
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||In centuries to come, criminals of all kinds will worship you as a God ...
||//criminals of all kinds//
||Yes, I hadnt really thought of that.
||When I mentioned "social issues I was thinking
about loss of jobs for delivery drivers and
||// Yes, I hadnt really thought of that. //
||Thanks [8th]. Its the basic philosophy for most of
my ideas here. my life in fact.
||As with nearly everyones' ideas generated in the subconscious, passed strait to conscious control with little or no subconscious lateral excitation.
||//subconscious lateral excitation//
||...can you explain please?
||[Frankx] Consciousnes is the crest of a wave of all the black magic happening in the subconscious. A brain giving the pros and cons of a fresh idea would , in my thinking anyway, is down to the lateral processing done in subconcious. Of course you can try and force the lateral conscious thinking but if the subconscious doesn't want to play ball, it won't happen.
||// all the black magic happening in the subconscious. //
||That explains much; [xenzag] clearly chose the "Milky Bar" option.
||//lateral processing done in subconscious//
||I can't easily distinguish between the parts of the "idea" activity that are conscious and those that are subconscious - as soon as I'm aware of it, it's in the conscious. I might consciously choose a strategy to generate creative ideas... but the application of the strategy is conscious, and the resulting ideas (as soon as I'm aware of them) are in the conscious.
||Before the discussion gets deeply metaphysical, we consider that your understanding may be improved if you are aware that everything - you, us, the HalfBakery, the entire Universe and everything in it - is merely the figment of [Ian Tindale]'s deranged imagination.
||In many ways, that simplifies things, but of course in many other ways it makes things more complicated. We leave it to you (or rather, that bit of [Ian Tindale] that thinks it's you) to decide.