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Episode 38: Revisiting Disruption Techniques, Driverless Cars, and The Splinternet

We continue two favorite topics this week, and introduce a new one that is sure to be a perennial favorite.

Topic 1: Revisiting disruptions

It’s a new era for “disruptive” technologies. There’s a now a clear business model for disruption. Uber did it as a bad citizen (do it first, ask permission later). They essentially viewed fines as a marketing expense. Now they are being pushed out of some markets.

Many cities are now picking up on transportation disruptions very quickly and either regulating them preemptively or stopping them quickly. Example: Bikes and scooters . . . and cities learning to see them coming.

We discuss what disruption looks like going forward now that it has become standardized to some degree.

Related link on Uber, Lyft, and the last mile – https://www.wired.com/story/transit-agencies-turn-uber-last-mile/

Topic 2: Driverless Deliveries and the Invasion of the Robots

Let’s talk Driverless car versus drone Burrito delivery.

This is a fast moving target. Here’s the update.

Links:

https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2019/12/05/robots-invade-ut-dallas-campus-deliver-food/?fbclid=IwAR36opUvaUC9DkZX9sIzhE3jaaSM8oOkg8ghgfjoYn7rPq0m7b-ajSiWbfg

https://www.engadget.com/2019/12/10/walmart-driverless-grocery-deliveries-houston/

Topic 3: The Splinternet

China and other nations that lean toward the authoritarian side of things are seeking to create an “alternative” Internet. After all, the Internet started by the U.S. government has a rather U.S.-centric view of rules and requirements.

We previously discussed the “Contract for the Web,” which is steeped in Western values and a liberal approach to inclusion, participation, and freedoms. Here we begin the conversation about what an emerging multi-internet system will operate.

https://thenextweb.com/podium/2019/06/10/the-splinternet-is-here-and-your-company-needs-to-be-ready/

https://contractfortheweb.org/

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