Talk about a brave new world. Imagine finding a package on your doorstep you didn't order, but you're never-the-less happy to get. That's a possible future with Amazon, which has obtained a patent for what it calls "anticipatory shipping."
"I can't really guess as to when Amazon will roll this sort of thing out. It's just a patent and companies win patents all the time."
Opam says this will take a lot of time and testing -- much like Amazon's plan to use drones.
"Even the drone thing is mostly just talk on their part; there's no sense whether they can bat away the legal aspect of it and actually make it a reality."
Some think both ideas are just stunts to get us to talk about Amazon. If so, mission accomplished.