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Corporate Delusions of Automation Fuel the Cruelty of Uber and Lyft

Brian Merchant Gizmodo
Lyft and Uber drivers on strike. Despite huge financial losses, widespread worker anger and global strikes, investors continue to pour money into two ride-hailing companies that have never turned a profit. Because, as the magical thinking goes, soon Uber and Lyft won’t need drivers.

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What the Strike Ahead of Uber's IPO Exposes About American Inequality

Alana Semuels Time
One group who won’t benefit much from Uber’s IPO: its drivers, who numbered 3.9 million at the end of last year. They are likely to see their pay worsen as the company strives to become more profitable while facing public shareholder pressure.

Imagining a World With No Bullshit Jobs

David Graeber, Chris Brooks Roar Magazine
In this interview about his latest book, David Graeber discusses the role of unions, the challenges posed by automation and “the revolt of the caring classes.”

Why Trade Unions Should Fund Automation

Fully Automated Luxury Communism Newsletter Fully Automated Luxury Communism Newsletter
This week I am going to talk about trade unions and automation, and why we should put the labour movements money into shaping automation for our use.

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Human Bus Drivers Will Always Be Better Than Robot Bus Drivers

Tracey Lindeman Motherboard
“We have regular emergencies on the buses,” said John Samuelsen, president of the Transport Workers Union. “Folks have heart attacks on buses, children get lost on buses. Every aspect of life in America, the bus and subway are microcosms of it. A robot’s not going to help."

The Future of Work, a History

Kevin Baker Politico
America has a long, complicated track record of dreading that robots would take our jobs.
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