aNewDomain.net — So Amazon is patenting the technology behind anticipatory shipping. Based on what you’ve bought, it comes up with estimates on what you’re going to buy. If that sounds obvious to you, consider the following from our Ted Rall. The latest Ted Rall cartoon is below.
It’s freaky. That’s what it is. For aNewDomain.net, I’m Ted Rall.
Based in New York, Ted Rall is a nationally-syndicated columnist, editorial cartoonist and war correspondent who specializes in Afghanistan and Central Asia. The author of 17 books, most-recently published The Book of Obama: How We Went From Hope and Change to the Age of Revolt, Rall is twice the winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and is a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Follow him @TedRall, check out his Facebook fan page and definitely follow his Google+ stream here. Ted’s upcoming book After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You As Honored Guests: Unembedded in Afghanistan is due out in 2014.
How is this not obvious? How can they patent this as such. That’s what freaky.
Doesn’t Apple say the same thing? #whatyouwantbeforeyouknowyouwantit
When I was a kid, the stamp collecting companies would do this. They called it “sending on approval” and then billed you for the stamps if you didn’t return them. Fortunately, the feds changed the laws and now if you receive an unsolicited product in the mail, you can keep it and you don’t have to pay for it. (I don’t know if that holds true for items sent by UPS, however.)