The Robots are Coming

A casual discussion about the automation of work and the decreasing relevance of humans to productivity.

The Uber-ization of Work

March 04, 2015

The New York Times talks about something that we discussed in the past.

Uberization of work may soon be coming to your chosen profession.

Just as Uber is doing for taxis, new technologies have the potential to chop up a broad array of traditional jobs into discrete tasks that can be assigned to people just when they’re needed, with wages set by a dynamic measurement of supply and demand, and every worker’s performance constantly tracked, reviewed and subject to the sometimes harsh light of customer satisfaction.

We discussed this a couple weeks ago, in the terms of “minimum billable unit (MBU).” When your MBU goes down, so does your compensation, because smaller and smaller gaps in your productive work go unpaid, A larger MBU “bridges the gap,” so to speak, across holes in your productivity.