I'd be willing to pay for
Setting aside the disgraceful shortcomings in the article...
I'd be willing to pay something for
. a service much more trustable than we have today
. where identity fraud was a lot harder than it is today
. where tampering with email was a lot harder than it is today
. where proof of delivery (and reading) was a lot easier than it is today
. where compound document support (and various other nice-to-haves) was architected in rather than added on as an elastoplast on a band-aid
. where because of the above, spam, phishing, etc was almost non-existent
. [maybe] where encryption was designed in rather than an afterthought
Now, where do I need to look for that?
Oh I know, set the wayback machine to the mid/late 1980s and bring back x.400 email and x.500 directory services, now that we've all got more than enough compute power and bandwidth for them,and now that we realise that trustable identity services don't come for free and do need a bit of supporting infrastructure, otherwise all that's left is basically chaos with a shiny front end.
By all means keep the teletype-era POP and SMTP protocols and associated stuff for those who insist on lowest common denominator functionality and associated snags.
For those of us who realise you can't turn a pig's ear into a silk purse, deliver a service worth paying for.