A few days ago, a taxi man engaged me in a conversation. He asked if I was ubering someone because he saw me was waiting near his spot. I told him I was not and was only waiting for a friend. The conversation carried on to the point in which he confessed Uber has taken away too many customers from him. He told me once he was making something like thousands of dollars in a week, but now this is pretty much gone.
I didn’t want to make him feel worse, and so I kept my mouth shut about automation. Basically, China is heading this way. More self-driving buses are now out and about in Shenzhen, China. Check out the video on this right after the break.
I think even whoever relies on Uber for driving customers around will eventually lose out to self-driving Uber cars. In fact, I can even imagine up some self-driving car services such as self-driving taxi cabs will be able to mimic a human touch by installing smart, sexy robots that can pretend to drive but could carry on a real conversation with the human customers.
I think the future is all about automation. I think this trend will speed up fast. I think people will lose jobs to automation for sure.