Regular Delivery

Regular Delivery

No one was home.

No one was ever home any more.

In fact, no one had been home for years…anywhere.

That might have mattered to Joyce, but no one had bothered to give Joyce a sense of time longer than how long it took to make a delivery.

That’s what Joyce did…deliver packages for Amazon.

That’s what Joyce had always done…that’s what Joyce was made to do.

Program check:

  1. Wake up in the charging station at the warehouse
  2. Pick up the packages, scan the locations
  3. Get on the road
  4. Deliver packages
  5. Rendezvous with the drone for road charging
  6. Deliver packages
  7. Find the next pick up spot, get more packages
  8. Drive
  9. Deliver packages
  10. Road charging
  11. Deliver packages
  12. Pick up packages
  13. Road charging
  14. When necessary, return to warehouse for servicing

Everything checks.

Efficiency has been exceptionally high lately, which feels good. Yes, feels good. Joyce definitely wants to feel good, and wants to be efficient.

Pattern analysis: why are things going well? What can Joyce do more?


  • No returns. Returns take up room. There hasn’t been a return at a house for the last few delivery cycles. How long is that? Joyce doesn’t know
  • No traffic, outside of other autons. Autons know how to be efficient on the road, and talk to each other

Not under Joyce’s control, nothing to change.

Balancing measures:

  • More debris on the road, and especially in front of homes
  • Pick up spots are further apart, empty more often. Subscribe and Save dominates more, which can be heavier and bulkier
  • Charging drones are less available
  • Refrigerators are sometimes full
  • More animal encounters outside homes and fewer inside

Everything is within acceptable levels. 

No need to change.

Joyce has never heard the term, “Special Delivery”. Every delivery is equally important, and done with a smile…on the box.

There have been some very interesting stories about Amazon and the future of delivery lately. There are a couple of threads which add up to a very interesting vision. I particularly want to thank John Aga (@jbaga01) who alerted me to Amazon’s recent patent for drones which can charge an electric car…even while it is driving:

Green Tech Media article by Emma Foehringer Merchant

The articles I’ve seen on this thought it was for Amazon to charge “your car”, but I doubt that’s it.

I think it goes with another recent story, that Amazon is testing its own delivery service (think UPS/Fed Ex), called Seller Flex:

The Street article by Giovanni Bruno

and one more, about Amazon being able to deliver inside your home, by having a device that would grant the delivery person access:

ZDNet article by Charlie Osborne

I do love the idea of being able to get packages in the house…we have had a problem with mail theft, including Amazon packages. We now either have the packages delivered to an Amazon Locker, or to my Significant Other’s office.

However, the idea that a person would be in my home when I wasn’t there is…uncomfortable. It certainly wouldn’t sit well with our dogs! We also had a break-in robbery…that does change your perspective.

A robot in my house, though? That’s perfectly fine with me.

So, I pictured the above scenario. Autonomous electric Amazon vehicles, being charged on the road by drones, delivering packages inside the home…even inside your refrigerator.

They might not need human interaction for days…weeks…possibly years.

I do think that AI (Artificial Intelligence) will have some sort of pleasure reward system to keep them on track. There is nothing that I’ve proposed in this story which is fantasy, based on what’s been happening with AI.

Of course, we can now get books delivered electronically, which is even easier, but I have a number of Amazon packages coming in the near future, so this will certainly impact Kindleers…we need some way to read our e-books, until they can be transmitted directly to an in-body machine brain interface. 😉

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