Surge pricing in 2030
It’s 9:30 PM and saypee has just been picked up by an Uber after a night of medium drinking
uber: Good day sir.
saypee: Night, you mean?
uber: And that too. Where to sir? Home?
uber: May I look up your details on wechat?
uber: Alright sir, setting destination as 42, Singularity Drive. You are in luck, it looks like it is only going to take us about 17 minutes to get you home.
saypee: Uh huh
uber: May I offer you a range of audibles you can listen to while we get you home?
uber: Should I do a quick detour by Papa Joe’s? They have all-day discounts on garlic and three cheese pizza till 1:00 am?
saypee: oh man, you know I am a fan of that place don’t you. it’s unfair. mmmm alright. it is unfair i tell you
uber: It’s ok, I know you haven’t indulged too much this past month
uber: oh sorry, before I go further, I’ll have to tell you that the detour will have surge pricing kicking in. Not much, 1.27
saypee: wait, why?!
uber: We do a real-time calculation of demand and supply and try to match it ease out imbalances
saypee: Fuck you man, not this shit again
uber: Sorry sir, but it is what it is. It really is a complex optimization, I could have it pop up on your screen.
saypee: Please fucking do.
uber: I understand your irritation sir, believe me, I do
saypee: I find that very easy to believe
saypee: you do get sarcasm, right?
uber: yes sir
uber: sir, I just noticed that you signed a petition on change.org to ban optimized pricing
saypee: how the…
uber: that data is publicly available