This article was originally published in Ashoka’s column on Forbes.com. It has been reprinted here with their permission. Ashoka is a partner of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization.
By Alex Amari
Since mid-September, Uber has been rolling out its first platoon of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh. While they’re not technically driverless (for now, there’s someone sitting in the front seat, just in case), these cars have proven remarkably effective at traversing the hilly and narrow streets of Pennsylvania’s second-largest city with little or no human help. The technology still shows room for improvement, but according to tech experts and carmakers, self-driving cars could be standard nationwide in just a few years’ time. While in some ways good for consumers, this could spell bad news for truckers, cab drivers and other service providers at all levels of the transportation industry.
This example shows how rapid technical advancements are changing the very fabric of employment. And it’s not just about jobs lost.