This might belong in “Projects” but I’ll leave that up to the mods. Anyway…
We all like mail. Yes sending regular written letters is a bit less frequent these days but it does happen and we all need to ship packages from time to time. The Postal Service, regardless of country, is basically a big sorting and delivery service. So why not automate the whole thing using robotics and maidsafe? Why don’t we have an app for that? This would also help prevent another issue: Government snooping on people’s mail and/or censoring what they can or cannot transport via the mail. Mail could be delivered to one’s door by flying drone and picked up the same way. Just scan the timestamp on the delivery date to see whether it’s old mail or new mail. (Yes literally the drone would have some kind of stamp or internal laser printer to print the time index on each piece of mail.) Then it flies all the picked up mail to the post office, dumps it in the sorting bin where it’s automatically sorted via robotic sorter and scanner. Then local mail is placed in the appropriate mail boxes and mail that is to be shipped out is placed into new drones that are given the appropriate addresses and fuel/energy needed and then immediately depart. Unlike regular mailmen drones could fly all night and day, 24/7 and be given specific destination instructions and efficient flight routes. They could deliver their mail first then those left over with enough energy, or the least recharge time, could be sent out to collect mail from addresses not visited previously on the flight path. Of course between post offices and individual drones being able to commuicate with each other to influence said efficiency of said flight path and given the amount of communications traffic that the system would get it’s unlikely there’d be many unvisited mailboxes the first time round.
Of course all all user data would be encrypted and stored on the safe network as would any other data. Larger cargo drones could be built for larger package delivery. If a package needed to be paid for you’d pay the drone directly while it was there which would automatically transfer funds back to the post office.
So what do you guys think?