This is a steampunk classic, a Victorian vision of cluttered skies. There are too many people living too densely today and ordering too many potato mashers, portable devices and toys to have them all flying through the skies together.
I published Amazon developing drones to deliver packages in 30 minutes or less to the website's Lifestyle section front earlier today after seeing Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on "60 Minutes" (transcript) last night say of his concept drones, "The hard part here is putting in all the redundancy, all the reliability, all the systems you need to say, 'Look, this thing can't land on somebody's head while they're walking around their neighborhood'..."
Stop right there.
Wouldn't teleportation be sleeker?
There's something clunky about Amazon turning all these boxes into low-level flying space hazards, swarming like a hive, blocking sunlight (but swattable!) and all the while having no need at all to be visible to do their job.
Instead of transporting boxes over our heads, couldn't this stuff go through the wormhole and come out at the right coordinates, or have their molecular patterns reassembled onsite? Wouldn't that be what you are paying for, the 3-D printer? And wouldn't that put Amazon and its clunky pesky drones in the position of a particular annoying small bookseller today?
Jeff Bezos: "You gotta earn your keep in this world. When you invent something new, if customers come to the party, it's disruptive to the old way."
Flying Amazon boxes is already the old way, Jeff.
Still true: The toys we most wanted from "Star Trek" were the Teleporter (reassamble yourself elsewhere), the Replicator (clone that steak) and the Holodeck (experience what you imagine), but all we've got so far is the Communicator (2-year plan usually required)..