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Will AI Bless Us With A 15 Hour Work-Week, Or Turn Us Into Paperclips?

Dan Rogers | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Tech
Dan Rogers

Technology-driven unemployment is no longer just an ailment of low-income households. No job is safe. There are now AI lawyers, AI accountants, and AI financial advisors. Even AI hedge fund managers. So much money is now being spent on technology that Gartner estimates many companies spend more on marketing technology than they do on actual marketing.

Are We Looking After The Gig Economy?

Rich Wagner | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK
Rich Wagner

So the next time you're booking a long weekend away, taking a taxi ride or getting some shelves fixed, make sure you play your part to ensure this exciting and evolving industry continues to spearhead the UK economy for years to come.

Uber Accused Of Cashing In With x4.5 Fares During London #Tubestrike

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK

As the capital’s Underground system ground to a halt today, taxi firm Uber has been accused of reaping the rewards of commuter misery. During peak t...

Do Democratic Practices Stunt Technological Growth?

Duncan Kenyon | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Tech
Duncan Kenyon

Politicians cannot ignore their voters to this extent and cannot embrace advantages of this. It is the mass unemployment issue that will cause most concern to politician's short-lived careers. Donald Trump cannot promise the Rustbelt States that voted for him that he would bring back jobs from foreign countries and replace these unskilled workers' jobs with machines.

Why Uber's Self-Driving Car Service Was Suspended Just Hours After It Launched

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Tech

Uber’s self-driving cars have been suspended in San Francisco after two vehicles were seen running red lights hours after the service launched. The ...

Uber Staff 'Used God View To Spy On Celebs And Exes'

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Tech
Read More: Uber, UK Tech News

Uber employees regularly used the firm’s “God View” feature to track politicians, celebrities and ex-boyfriends and girlfriends, according to a ...

Woman Pays For 'Longest Uber Drive Ever Recorded' To See Boyfriend

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

For most of us, travelling across town to see a mate is a big commitment. But one woman has taken cross country travel to a whole new level. The unnam...

Uber Bans Passengers From Flirting With Each Other In Updated Guidelines

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Tech

It’s the beginning of a modern love story: sharing a drunk Uber pool on a Saturday night and chatting with your fellow passengers. But now the ride...

Uber's Latest Update That Tracks Your Location Branded 'Creepy' And 'Arrogant' By Customers

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Tech

Uber’s latest app update has introduced a controversial new feature that tracks customers for up to five minutes after their journey ends. And peop...

How My Uber Driver Reminded Me That The World Really Isn't Falling Apart

Sophia Parvizi-Wayne | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sophia Parvizi-Wayne

Craig, you made my day. Actually Craig, scrap that. You made my week. You reminded me that regardless of the dire political and economic states of my two residences (London and North Carolina), there are still some incredible people out there. You may not have written an acclaimed novel on the collapse of the Soviet Union or performed Chopin blindfolded but you made me and my mum smile a lot.

How Travel Is Becoming A Little Less Scary

Edward Lowe | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Tech
Edward Lowe

What will this trend of increased app use mean for the future of travel? It is only going to become more connected as these platforms develop to become more available throughout the world, and wifi connections become the norm.

You Can't Stop Disruption - But You Can Learn From It

Chris Wright | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Tech
Chris Wright

All big technology changes create new opportunities, and create new doors that you never knew existed. You just have to accept that and be open to it. Change, no matter how unsettling, can be turned round to your advantage and can be used to create new businesses that employ new workers, giving them hope for the future.

Why Politicians Need To Get Real About Digital Innovation

Risto Sarvas | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Tech
Risto Sarvas

Yes the world is changing fast. It's obvious that digital innovation operates on a more accelerated timetable than the time it takes to change laws and regulations. But is that a good enough reason to place technologists and innovators in the driving seat? What kind of a society will they create? What kind of politics will 'disruptive innovations' introduce?

The Gig Economy - It's Not Rock And Roll, It's Boss And Control

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Tech
Fiona Hotston Moore

It is tempting to think the rise in self-employment and the gig economy represent some sort of return to the genuine market economy of the Eighteenth Century, a time when people traded with each other to survive as the industrial revolution gave them the tools with which to do so.

Uber Just Made Its iPhone And Android App A LOT Better

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Tech
Read More: Car, Uber, UK Tech News

Uber has rolled out a major update for its iOS and Android app that streamlines the experience while adding some impressive new features. Upon first o...

Uber, The "Gig Economy" And Trade Unions

Anindya Raychaudhuri | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Tech
Anindya Raychaudhuri

So, the Uber ruling is a very good thing indeed - but you won't be surprised to hear a Trade Union activist say this. What is more interesting, and more troubling for me, is the realisation that even if the coming challenges to this ruling are unsuccessful, the "gig economy" as an entity isn't about to disappear

Legal Struggles In The Age Of Uber-Capitalism: Are Uber-Drivers Workers Or Self-Employed?

Christian Fuchs | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Tech
Christian Fuchs

There is much talk about the sharing- and gig-economy. The basic idea is that mediated by apps and the Internet, humans share information, data, goods, services, their location, property, or animals.

The Uber Tribunal Ruling Could Ruin My Life

Anna Campbell | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK
Anna Campbell

I don't understand why I should not get to choose the type of contract I enter into with my employer - why should the unions and courts decide for me? I'm not a child that needs to be told what's best for me.

Today Is A Happy Day For Uber Drivers Sick And Tired Of Losing Out On Basic Rights At Work

Asif Hanif | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Tech
Asif Hanif

Today, drivers won a pivotal victory in a case taken by my union, GMB against Uber that proved that they really are employees and not "partners" as the company always says... Up till now, Uber drivers have not been guaranteed a minimum wage - and as GMB, has shown, not every driver always makes the legal minimum. We're also not entitled to holiday pay and as a result, any time off means a loss of earnings, which can mean a lot when you have bills to pay. When Uber comes in and takes advantage of all the opportunities they have in Britain, they should also respect the law of the land and we have shown that today.

5 Different Reactions That Sum Up How Divisive Today's Uber Ruling Is

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK

A ruling by the London employment tribunal to grant Uber drivers the right to holiday pay and a guaranteed minimum wage has been heralded as a landmar...

Our Uber Driver Victory Goes Straight To Heart Of The Gig Economy Epidemic

Tim Roache | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK
Tim Roache

This is not about arguing against change - we'd be completely swimming against the tide - this is about a decent standard of life for people who are working incredibly hard but not making much.

Who Gives A Truck? Are Self-Driving Vehicles Now Science Fact?

Nigel Cannings | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Tech
Nigel Cannings

Why, then, if the first experiments in AI took place in the 70's and 80's are we not all driverless now? The simple answer is not that we have necessarily hit upon a new idea, but instead that the computing power to build the necessary "brain" just has not been availabl

Aggressively Human: The Future Of Online Marketplaces?

Ruth Shave | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Tech
Ruth Shave

As the power and influence of sharing economy organisations grows we need to create a system that works for workers and wider citizens, that reflect the changes caused by so called sharing economy businesses. The RSA for example is using a 'collaborative and consultative approach' to develop thinking in this area.

The Government's Digital Economy Bill Merely Tinkers Around The Edges And Ducks The Challenges Presented By The Digital Revolution

Louise Haigh | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Politics
Louise Haigh

Labour believes that this should have been a Digital Future Bill looking at how we support the digital economy so that it works for everyone: thinking about skills and education, Digital inclusion, workers' protections in the gig economy, the ethics of Big Data and data sharing, digital infrastructure, taxation, digital public services, financing for start-ups particularly outside London, WiFi in public spaces, the progress of open data policy making and post-Brexit the ability of companies to recruit specialists. On those challenges and opportunities the Government is silent.

What Uber, Airbnb & Co Need To Do To Earn (And Keep) Our Trust

Ollie Boesen | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK
Ollie Boesen

Most of us are in agreement that the sharing economy is a good thing, for business and for society. Having trust in the people around us is usually a decent sign that things are going well, and the economic and environmental benefits are clear, too.