Monday, February 25, 2013

How the Postal Service Sorts the Mail

Josh Wapiano was in his last week of working for the Royal Mail, so he decided to share a bit about how the mail gets sorted. The text that went with the YouTube video explained that the Intelligent Letter Sorting Machine can read multiple addresses a second. If it comes across writing too messy to read, it sends a photo to a central hub where humans send back the correct address (it sounds as if it learns from the process, too. A bit like speech recognition software learns to recognize a writer's idiosyncrasies, I'm guessing).

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