Friday, September 23, 2016

This is what a failing profession looks like

Remember back in the early 1970s when the first micro Honda car was imported into the USA?  Remember how shitty the economy was back then and how it fueled demand for small fuel efficient cars?  Do you also remember how Detroit first laughed at the cars calling them a sick joke and predicting their rapid demise?  And when that didn't happen, they became angry about the new rival even setting up well publicized, auto worker union sponsored opportunities to whack the little cars with a sledgehammer for $5 a pop?  Do these two actions remind you of of the first two steps of Kubler Ross grief model?
  1. Denial 
  2. Anger
  3. Bargaining
  4. Depression
  5. Acceptance
Well now we have Uber in the same situation.  Dumb ass Mexican taxi drivers who think that they will maintain their monopoly over transportation using mob tactics are now officially in the anger stage having just ambushed and beaten up an Uber driver.   Of course, it will not work.  The declining prosperity means that competition is increasing on all fronts with the marginal/low barrier to entry tasks being hit the first and ultimately the worst.

First Uber will kick the taxi unions to the curb and then self driving cars will kick the Uber drivers to the curb.  The result will be a much more efficient public transpo system for the rest of the herd.  It's all down hill from here for the human taxi driver industry.  Read the writing on the wall and go get some other skills you guys.  Maybe you can repair the robot cars that are most certainly coming.

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