A Border Wall Across The Future
No matter how automation of the workplace will ultimately affect jobs, its most important role today is to serve as a border wall across the future, intimidating wokrers and preventing them from organizing.
Share like a Sherpa: Class Inequality in the "Sharing" Economy
The "sharing economy" evokes an image of free, socially-minded exchange among friends and equals. Yet, it is increasingly clear that much of what goes by this name today is dependent on, and exacerbates, social inequality. In truth, the sharing economy is divided into two classes: Sherpas and Sahibs.
Monday, November 24, 2014(3 comments)
Uber is Only a Mechanical Turk
Uber claims that its access to data analytics is what makes it the future of urban logistics. But in truth, the data tricks do little or nothing -- Uber is no more than a "mechanical turk," relying on the willing labor of underpaid workers for the "miracle" of its service.
Saturday, June 14, 2014(2 comments)
Will Consumers Sue California over Uninsured Pseudo-Taxis?
For the last year or so, one of the tech world's most entertaining sideshows has been the hearings held by the California Public Utilities Commission over how to regulate taxi-like "ridesharing" or "transportation network carrier" companies such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar.
Google Is Building A Zombie
Google is building a zombie!
You already suspected as much, didn't you?
It's true, and it's been right there all along, right under our noses. They haven't been trying to hide it; it's not a secret project. What not everyone has grasped -- even some of the engineers involved in the project -- is that it is, in fact, a zombie that Google is building.
They call it the "self-driving car." It's really a zombie.
Monday, May 13, 2013(1 comments)
Sharewashing is the New Greenwashing
The idea of a "sharing economy" is an important one, and urgently needed today, but the word "sharing" is increasingly being roped into a sharewashing agenda. The key difference between the promise of the actual sharing economy, and the flood of sharewashing companies seeking to hide under its mantle, is that the latter inescapably involve monetary exchange, for profit.