Jason Hope, the Arizona internet entrepreneur best known for founding premium content provider Jawa, has recently taken to the internet, writing about various aspects of the coming revolution in technology that will be brought about by The Internet of Things.
One of the things that Hope has been touching on in his writings is the potentially transformational role that the Internet of Things will likely play in American industry. Such inventions as automated warehouses and self-driving trucks promise to create efficiency gains that are unprecedented. Hope sees these developments creating both huge benefits and potential costs.
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Taking the good with the bad
Many view these developments as a feature of some far-off science fiction future. But Jason Hope points out that this future is already here. In October of 2016, Uber, the ridesharing service, successfully delivered the first payload of a self-driving truck. This effectively proved the concept of self-driving trucks and completely automated logistics. Hope believes this is an important sign of things to come. Within the next 10 years, he opines, self-driving trucks will completely transform the logistics industry, obviating the need for human drivers entirely.
Such developments in technology will yield huge cost savings and efficiency gains. However, at the same time it will impose grave costs on those who previously relied on the driving industries for a living. But Hope believes that those costs will be more than offset by the productivity gains and that through judicious government intervention, those workers who find themselves without good employment prospects will still be able to live decent lives.
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