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Disruption

Disrupting the disruption

Uber, plagued by internal meltdowns in management and human resources, has pressures from without as well.

Lyft uses an app to pick up riders and provides competition, as does Via which offers a rideshare twist and a cheap fare.

Uber’s problems may have started, however, with the archival grandiosity of their corporate name. Branding yourself with a somewhat tainted word that conjures some not happy WWII images of dominance, or would-be dominance, may have been its first misstep.

At the very least it suggests an arrogance of vision. Wouldn’t you rather get a lift from Lyft? It appears that the arrogance is systemic it seems from what one reads about Travis Kalanick’s company.

Who’s driving this…?

Is everyone completely comfortable with driverless cars?

Is this concept– from 1950s cartoons, it seems to me– well thought out?

Is it possible the machine is smarter than the human? Will it make better decisions in  critical moments in traffic?

Granted, it’s not always clear how well a driver handles him/herself in crises on the road. There are plenty of accident statistics to refute the idea that men and women should control the steering wheel.

Nonetheless, the image of a car turning with no one in the driver’s seat gives me pause.

Hi, my name is Hal

Will we all be consumers with none of us being providers? Will work be something only androids and robots do?

Should we all just sit back and enjoy the ride?

More disruptive

Cooperation is preferrable to a lack thereof.

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