What if a percentage of the $50B valuation were shared among the drivers, based on a merit-based system?
Silicon Valley’s Unchecked Arrogance
Ross Baird

What if clouds were made of cotton candy and Santa Claus was real?

I came into this article hoping that my point of view would be challenged, that you would propose a way to find meaningful work for the masses, that you would somehow stop the inevitable trudge of automation, but here I am — viewpoint unchanged. Most of your counter-arguments are a tantrum-like scream of “but it’s not fair!”

I’m sorry, that’s how our capitalist economy works. If using your time to drive people around was worth more than what Uber pays, then no one would sign up to drive. Clearly there are enough drivers willing to drive at that price point, otherwise the model wouldn’t work.

You also misrepresent UBI as a condescending distribution along the lines of Oliver Twist where every citizen has to line up and kiss Zuckerberg’s left foot before receiving their generous and merciful distribution. It’s not. It’s a way to guarantee that no one has to starve, no one has to turn to crime to support their life, and that no one is pressured by a lack of money to not pursue their dreams. With a UBI any child, regardless of upbringing should be in a comfortable enough family situation to study and pursue their career. A scenario that is woefully untrue today.

Furthermore, the obliteration of most of the population’s jobs is what humanity has been working for their entire existence! Think about it: why do we advance technology? To improve everyone’s lives and lower the burden of work. Eventually the only few jobs remaining will be the maintenance of automation systems and further research.

Instead of providing token jobs like driving an Uber a UBI will completely set people free and stop any false pretenses. If they wish to learn a higher skillset and earn more money for a more-than-comfortable life, they have all the time in the world to accomplish it.

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