The Era of the Human Driven Automobile is over

“My reply was that we don’t need the public acceptance of autonomous vehicles at first,” Lutz said. “All we need is acceptance by the big fleets: Uber, Lyft, FedEx, UPS, the U.S. Postal Service, utility companies, delivery services.”

Simple economics will drive the change because automakers will cater to their biggest customers. Many regular cars will disappear because parts and maintenance for them will no longer be available.

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Is UPS Making Money?

Currently, I’m leery of both UPS and FedEx because of the danger they are in, in a changing retail market. Threats to these companies abound from both new businesses and new technologies.

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Should we Tax Data or Advertising to Fund Basic Income?

“We could hold Google and Facebook and all those big multinationals accountable; we could make sure that people; like those who are currently ‘voluntarily’ contributing their data to pump up companies’ profits are given something that is adequate to support their livelihoods in exchange,” Fuller said.

Fuller’s idea makes a lot of sense because most of those companies’ values come from the data they collect and disseminate. Figuring out how to charge a tax on that data will be difficult because much of its value is theoretical.

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FedEx in the Brave, New, World of Retail

FedEx benefits because it is still Walmart’s delivery service of choice for online orders. Walmart’s push to attract new rural, middle-class and upper-class customers will benefit FedEx because those customers rarely go near Walmart stores. An example of this push was the purchase of the men’s clothing site Bonobos which sells mostly online to males that hate to shop.

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Disgraced Otto Founder wants to worship AI as God

The Way’s purpose is: “To develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on artificial intelligence and through understanding and worship of the Godhead contribute to the betterment of society.”

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Walmart wants to make everybody a Delivery Person

Walmart (NYSE: WMT) wants to turn every cashier, stocker and assistant manager in its stores into a delivery person.

A new program would pay employees to drop packages off at customers’ homes or business after they leave work, The Washington Post reported. The delivery initiative is already being tested at Walmart stores in New Jersey and Arkansas, Walmart.com CEO Marc Lore told reporters.

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Uber Lost $1.27 Billion in Six Months, Kroger Undercuts Walmart

Uber may not be the money-making machine that investment bankers claim it is. The transportation app company lost more than $750 million in second quarter 2016 and $1.27 billion in the first half of 2016, Bloomberg reported.

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Kroger’s Threat to Walmart, Target, Costco and Amazon Revealed

The Marketplace is also a potential threat to Amazon because it could be used as a combination store and fulfillment center; something that Kroger’s King Soopers subsidiary is already experimenting with in Denver. I’ve actually been shopping there and seen employees pulling online orders from the shelves.

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Nissan Unveils Impressive Autonomous Car

Renault-Nissan (OTC: NSANY) and Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) have unveiled impressive new technology that is raising the stakes in the autonomous car wars.

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