C.E.O. Who Trump Thanked for Creating Jobs Says Robots Will Take Over by 2050

Robots on the rise.

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by Maya Kosoff :vanityfair – excerpt

Late last year, Donald Trump met with Japanese billionaire and Softbank C.E.O. Masayoshi Son at Trump Tower to discuss what the president-elect misleadingly heralded as a new investment. “Masa (SoftBank) of Japan has agreed to invest $50 billion in the U.S. toward businesses and 50,000 new jobs,” he tweeted. “Masa said he would never do this had we (Trump) not won the election!”

Trump’s victory lap was problematic on several levels. For one, the $50 billion that Son had agreed to invest came from a previously announced $100 billion investment fund, with much of the money already destined for the U.S. Worse, anyone who read beyond the headlines would have found that Son is hardly the poster boy for job creation. In fact, just the opposite: Softbank’s Vision Fund has previously extolled the virtues of automation and improved artificial intelligence with the…

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In Video, Uber CEO Argues With Driver Over Falling Fares

by Eric Newcomer : bloomberg – excerpt (includes video)

Travis Kalanick tells a driver to take responsibility for his problems and boasts about a tough culture.

When Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick takes an Uber, he prefers a black car, the high-end service his company introduced in 2010. On this particular night in early February—Super Bowl Sunday—Kalanick is perched in the middle seat, flanked by two female friends. Maroon 5’s “Don’t Wanna Know” plays, and Kalanick shimmies. He clutches his smartphone as the three make awkward conversation. The two women ask when his birthday is, and marvel that he’s a Leo. One of his companions appears to say, somewhat inaudibly, that she’s heard that Uber is having a hard year. Kalanick retorts, “I make sure every year is a hard year.” He continues, “That’s kind of how I roll. I make sure every year is a hard year. If it’s easy I’m not pushing hard enough.”… (more)

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