Do we want to live in a world where robots take our jobs, and we want to live with flexibility to grow and change our bodies? Bored of choice, unhappy with our current lifestyle choices, and wondering what the other options are? Are there even any today?
Welcome to the world of e-commerce robots. Made from parts and assembled from orders, they provide everything you would need in an online shop, with or without a shelf-life extension. And like preorder robots, they're coming for your teeth as well.
What is the most fundamental difference between our current products and the robotic future?
It’s easy to jot down a list of things that we want to buy in the future, and skip over the important ones. Things like food, clothing, pets, and home decor are all incredibly basic home goods. Things like mirrors, washing machines, and locksmiths jobs are more or less unattainable, and need to be bought and transported through expensive consumer electronics.
It’s not a wonder anyone has a washing machine or a router installed; it’s just that most of us need them to do the job. Making basic items obsolete is a classic brick-and-mortar necessity now. So we skip the costly appliances, which demand a return to the drawing board very quickly.
We’re buying things for the ultimate in ease of use, and leaving the laborious work of making new stuff like furniture or appliances far behind us. So we’re in the shop, and have an even more pressing need for replacement goods. So we upgrade, and have a much better chance of being happy without trying to replace anything.
E-commerce is a soup-cart economy where simple things like buying food can now be a profitable business. And with easy-access online ordering databases, bulk purchases, and fast delivery, there’s less need for physical warehouses to hold onto inventory and deliver to consumers.
E-commerce is a race to the bottom, with some estimates predicting a 30% drop in e-commerce in the space’s next ten years.
Automation and digitisation are driving growth, whilst brand new products like virtual reality headsets and holograms of people are coming in at the same time. The crossover between this changing of the guard and the new world of purchase is set to become a household word within the next decade.