Talking Headways Podcast: The Sharing Economy, Robots, and You

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On this week’s podcast, Brooks Rainwater, director of the National League of Cities City Solutions and Applied Research Center, tells us about their new report, Shifting Perceptions of Collaborative Consumption, which gauges perceptions of city leaders on the sharing economy. What is the “sharing economy,” actually, and are companies like Uber and Lyft really a part of it? Hear what Brooks has to say.

Brooks also shares his insight into the biggest issues cities have with the sharing economy, what they need to do in order to get it right for their residents, and the worker rights issues that are arising in this space.

We also get a bit tongue-in-cheek about automation and the coming of the singularity. Will robots take over our jobs in this sharing economy? Perhaps that’s far off, but we’re watching closely.

  • Azunyan

    With regards to robots taking over jobs, well, unfortunately, technological advances tends to do that, but that is the reality of progress. Just like abacuses, cursive handwriting, and slide rules aren’t used anymore. It’s all in the name of progress. It’s something people have to deal with and if they don’t want to get left in the dust, they just need to invest their time in keep learning new things and skills or they’ll just lose their jobs.

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