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This is an excellent account of how the competitive dynamics are shifting in Lyft's favor in its ride-sharing battle with Uber. Unfortunately, the analysis of the impact of autonomous cars is shallow. It notes that autonomous vehicles can be "can be utilized nearly 100% of the time." Yet one of the key drivers of the peer-to-peer model is that it pulls in part time workers to address inherently lumpy demand. To have enough autonomous cars to meet peak demand, you have to have way more cars than you need. (I talk about the tradeoffs, and how to properly understand how autonomy intersects with the on-demand business model as one of the many subjects in my forthcoming book WTF: What's the Future and Why It's Up to Us.) Nonetheless, this is a must-read article on this game changing technology. Some particularly good thoughts from John Zimmer of Lyft on why autonomous vehicles will still create opportunity for human workers.

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Billionaire Nick Hanauer has some blistering advice for his fellow plutocrats on the left. If you want to do something about Trump, don't "#resist", pay ordinary people more of the extraordinary gains brought to the economy by rising productivity.

He writes "Many of my peers prefer to hide behind the enduring myth that today’s crisis of economic inequality and insecurity is the result of forces unleashed by unstoppable trends in technology and globalization. “It’s not my fault I have so much while others have so little,” we comfort ourselves, “it’s the economy.” That is nonsense. There’s no intrinsic reason why the social and political changes delivered by technological advances and globalization have to massively concentrate wealth in the hands of the few. We simply exploited changing circumstances to take advantage of people with less power than us."


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Cheryl Platz, former senior UX designer on Amazon's Alexa platform team, recently spoke with O'Reilly Media editor Nikki McDonald for the O'Reilly Design podcast about the challenges of working on a top-secret design project, gender bias in the market for home devices, the research behind Amazon's Echo Look, the skills required to start designing for voice, and how studying improv can make you a better designer. 

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Brett Goldstein gives some excellent advice on basic security hygiene. It the most obvious cure for the common risks of the connected world. 

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A couple of weeks ago, I sat down with New York Times senior editor Charles Duhigg at the Aspen Ideas Festival for a discussion of my book, WTF? What's the Future and Why It's Up to Us, and how my examination of today's algorithmically managed technology platforms led me also to question our financial system, which incentivizes companies to use technology to eliminate jobs rather than using it to enable humans to do things that were previously impossible.

Technology eliminates jobs because that's what we are asking it to do, not because it is somehow an intrinsic property of technology itself. Technology is the solution to problems, and there's plenty still to do.

P.S. Charles is a master at getting the audience involved. (We had a discussion with Steve Case, among others.)



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Carl Malamud explains that his crusade to make law and public safety codes free to the public online is an act of Gandhian satyagraha (insistence on truth, and persistence in pursuit of it, as a form of non-violent resistance) o

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There are many directions this article could have gone - the difference in platform philosophy between Google and Apple, for example, or data vs. design as key competitive advantage. Instead, it goes in an even more interesting direction: whether it's better for founders to call the tune, or public market investors. If you have been following other things I've written about financialization, you know which side of that debate I come down on. The author is right: how this issue gets decided has huge impact on the shape of our economy! 

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Worried about predictive policing? This profile of Civicscape and its co-founder Brett Goldstein will help you understand the complexities, and how at least one team is using open source to let others see inside the black box that trains the algorithms. 

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Read this brilliant pitch from Rob Reid about why Medium should become the new home for book authors. He's syndicating a significant part of his upcoming near-term science fiction novel there, plus a podcast explaining the science and tech behind it. This could be a breakthrough in publishing.

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There's no better illustration of how the US has lost world leadership than when Chinese investors and entrepreneurs explain to the US how to put technology in service of humanity rather than the prosperity of a few. In this week's issue of the Next:Economy newsletter: Sinovation Ventures' CEO Kai-Fu Li and Alibaba CEO Jack Ma school the US on its wasted opportunity and how we must confront the challenges of the future. 
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