“The matchmakers (apps) effectively satisfy customers without having to bear the real cost of providing the services.”

Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability

Meanwhile, Forbes lets us know why the on-demand economy is so popular with investors: “The matchmakers (apps) effectively satisfy customers without having to bear the real cost of providing the services.” A good in-depth look at what the “workers” in these systems actually earn.

Trebor Sholz talks about how platform cooperativism (think Uber but owned by drivers) might work, in this new piece.

Geeking Out

Will you buy a telepresence bot from a salesperson who isn’t actually in the store with you? (Perhaps a better question—why wouldn’t you?)

Voice recognition and natural language software are about to give you the digital assistant you deserve. Bonus fact from this article? There’s a Blind Twitter.

What’s Going on in the Workforce?

I guarantee that an automated french fry vending machine will be 100% bad for my diet.

Uber just deactivated a bunch of drivers who had been organizing, and closed their office in LA for a day so no one would be able to get answers about why. Then they raised their prices for rides, since there weren’t enough drivers on to satisfy demand.

Really great piece by Wil Wheaton about why SAG-AFTRA voice actors voted to authorize a strike against the video game industry.

I guarantee you will not be able to stop watching this group of drones build a rope bridge. It’s hypnotic.

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