Uber and the future of Sharing Economy


Recently Uber talked about how their services could experiment a drastic price reduction for the final user if they introduce driverless car technology, cutting dependency of human drivers, in terms to stop paying for the “other dude in the car” (the driver).

In words of Uber CEO:

“When there’s no other dude in the car, the cost of taking an Uber anywhere becomes cheaper than owning a vehicle. So the magic there is, you basically bring the cost below the cost of ownership for everybody, and then car ownership goes away.” (Source: TechRadar).

We have to remember the deal that Uber and Carnegie Mellon signed last May, where Uber through a generous investment is preparing in partnership with one if the most advanced robotic centres in the world, his driverless future technologies.

Besides the advantage of the eventual price reduction in Uber services introducing driverless car technology, it is important realize how the trend that Uber began is not just dictating a “non human future” in repetitive labors, but also the replacement of the “human component” at the “sharing economy”, in this case eliminating the “freelance driver” from the equation.

Thus, the question now is: what does remains from the sharing economy in Uber if the cars doesn’t have a human driver? I’m not talking that the introduction of driverless technology is a bad move, nevertheless it is important to determine if we still can continue calling “sharing economy” to a service driven by artificial intelligence.

Following the past, present and future route of Uber, we observe an imminent collision of two ways of transport, that in my opinion represent an incredible and unimaginable sci-fi scenario few years ago: human intelligence vs machine intelligence. As an example, see what happened today in France:

The trend that Uber is creating today represent the most advanced strategy to replace human labor in the world, and we can not even imagine what we will see in the future with similar services, might be possible an AirBnb just 3D printing rooms in the most amazing locations in the world, or a TaskRabbit renting robots for minor labors.

Anyway, the robots are coming… like the winter GOT Quote.