Privacy advocates, look away now. CBNC reports that Amazon is developing ways to leave parcels inside your home or car trunk while you aren’t around.
According to the report, the e-tailer is working on some kind of smart doorbell and lock system that could give delivery drivers one-time access to your home. It’s also said to be in talks a with a startup called Phrame, which is building hardware to securely store a key outside your vehicle so that authorized people can get into it.
As we’ve explained in the past, it’s no secret that Amazon wants to streamline shipping. This idea goes a step further than improving the logistics of getting packages to your door, though, and instead deals with the problem of your not being there to take delivery (an issue that only gets bigger the more things we buy online).
Clearly, the move could help solve some of the problems of unattended parcels left (and, ahem, “lost”) outside homes, as well as sparing neighbors from taking in your stray boxes until you make it home. But even if it’s convenient, it’s unclear whether customers trust Amazon—and, more important, its delivery staff—enough to use such a service.
DeepMind’s cofounder: Generative AI is just a phase. What’s next is interactive AI.
“This is a profound moment in the history of technology,” says Mustafa Suleyman.
What to know about this autumn’s covid vaccines
New variants will pose a challenge, but early signs suggest the shots will still boost antibody responses.
Human-plus-AI solutions mitigate security threats
With the right human oversight, emerging technologies like artificial intelligence can help keep business and customer data secure
Next slide, please: A brief history of the corporate presentation
From million-dollar slide shows to Steve Jobs’s introduction of the iPhone, a bit of show business never hurt plain old business.
Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review
Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.