Here’s a simple problem.
Due to tradition, law and custom about the way we deal with debt and contracts and the like, a great deal of human activity requires the transport of pieces of paper from person to person. The information on this paper does not carry the same force if delivered electronically.
We call this the postal system. It’s considered so essential to the operation of a society that we force operators to serve everyone at equal cost, regardless of location, and then create a statuary monopoly to compensate them.
The system works by getting parties to stipulate a physical point that they want the paper to get to.
This system is a pain. When you move from one place to another, there is an endless number of organisations you deal with who you need to tell. This is tedious and costly and a real, if relatively small, impediment to the movement of labour around the economy.
Moreover, most of these organisations need not know where you physically are, and in many cases why would we want them to know? You can avoid this with a P.O box, by paying extra, but you still have the tedium of updating addresses if you move more than a short distance.
So, if we are going to persist with the tradition, law and custom, can we make this work a little better?
Why doesn’t Australia Post create transferable addresses that you take with you, like your email, or mobile phone number?
You can apply for a postal, say, number, and provide that to all the businesses you deal with. AP’s mail sorting machines read this number, print the address you have left with them on the envelope, and shoot it off to what is now your local post office for physical delivery.
When you move, you simply update your address with AP, and thus all your dealings get sent to your new addresses. Simultaneously, you’ve drastically reduced the number of people who can potentially abuse their knowledge of your physical location.
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