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We take it for granted today that you can put data out on the Internet and it will sort of magically move to anywhere else on the planet. What if there were a Matternet that could do the same thing with physical objects? Sounds like FedEx, perhaps, but what if this worked even where there were no roads? Andreas explains how this could be done.

Very cool, thanks for stashing it.

Moonshot thinking indeed. These are essentially flying drones meet mini container ships and the pony express. Drones deployed for private economic purposes with 10 liter containers, using the model of Internet nodes to define the structure.

I can only hope they have their heads screwed on straight about lurking dangers of technology to compromise privacy. I'd hate to see this sort of infrastructure be used to capture "tree view" data -- just a few meters above street view.

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