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Amazon Will Predict, Ship Stuff Before You Order It

Amazon has developed a 'mind-reading' technology that will predict what people want to buy and ship packages even before customers have placed an order.

Amazon has filed a patent for the technology called "anticipatory shipping". The technology, the company claims, aims to eliminate a major disadvantage of online shopping: customers cannot receive their items immediately after purchase, but must instead wait for the products to be shipped to them.

The firm says it will use an array of factors, such as previous purchases, items customers have searched for and even the amount of time a user's cursor hovers over a product in order to predict what purchases a person may make.

Using this information, Amazon will send these predicted items to a nearby warehouse. This would mean that when a person clicks to buy merchandise on the website, their chosen item will be housed closer to the buyer's address. This will allow a package to be delivered within minutes or hours.

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