With Trump and Uber, the driverless future could turn into a nightmare | John Harris

The automation revolution is no longer a sci-fi dream – but millions of jobs may go, fuelling yet more alienation and dismay

The future is here – not in the shape of Facebook, Twitter and all the rest, but in a drastic change to one of civilisation’s basic requirements: getting humans from place to place. On Wednesday, Uber added a second American city to an experiment that will soon expand: having already done so in Pittsburgh, it transported paying customers around San Francisco in cabs whose every move was controlled by computer.

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How to Cure the Globalization Backlash

How to Cure the Globalization Backlash Many thought leaders in the United States and Europe are trying to come to grips with the globalization backlash taking place on both sides of the Atlantic.   While I don’t share the views of the de-globalization crowd, I think it’s important to understand their thinking—and not […]