Governing in the age of Uber

Most governments are legislating for a situation which is already being overtaken by the automation of entire roles

uberLONDON, UK, Nov. 9, 2016/ Troy Media/ – We are at the start of a dramatic reshaping of the economy, the business world, and the future of jobs and employment. Governments need to start thinking about the implications for national policy, economic strategy and ensuring a fair society.

The current maelstrom around Uber drivers being classed as employees in the UK is a fantastic case example of the kind of complex problem scenario that will be played out many tens of thousands of time all around the world over the next five years as we try to create a sustainable next economy.

Governments are desperate to avoid the impression that they are condoning what are effectively zero hours contracts and the erosion of workers’ rights that come as an almost inevitable by-product of the strategies of societal capacity recyclers like Uber.

However, most governments are looking in the rear view mirror and legislating for a situation which is already being overtaken by the automation of entire roles. For example – Uber is in an accelerated pursuit of driverless vehicles which could at one level render the debate over driver contracts irrelevant in a decade or less.

I think that governments need to be way more forward looking, experiment with a range of policies that address the world we are entering – rather than that which we are leaving behind. We need to explore strategies and policy measures that edge us towards an economic platform that serves the whole of society.

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One practical step would be to look at automation taxation policies that get firms like Uber to be financially responsible for a certain level of jobs based on total revenues – that money could be funneled into retraining people with the skills of the future, supporting people to create their own sustainable ventures and a guaranteed basic income that gives people the money required to hire the driverless Uber.

Otherwise ‘Anarchy in the UK’ could become a prescient forecast rather than just a song I used to pogo to!

Rohit Talwar is the CEO of [popup url=”http://www.fastfuture.com/” height=”1000″ width=”1200″ scrollbars=”1″]Fast Future Research[/popup] – a global research and consulting company that specialises in identifying future growth industries and helps governments and global companies to explore and respond to the sectors, ideas, trends and forces shaping the next five to 20 years.

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