This week, some interesting stuff going on and the Internet, obviously, picked all these up.
- A very good piece on Uber. You know already that I am a follower of this company and I wrote several pieces on it (here, here and here). I am still on the fence with categorizing this entity, but what I am sure of is that it offers a glimpse into the future of work. Work as we know it might disappear. Just think about how some jobs looked like 30 years ago and how they transformed.
- Open science: An article on how technology firms shape political communication, an overview of how social media platforms changed the course of the Presidential election in the US.
- Is this real life? China to move towards technological control of its citizens, something that reminds me of Black Mirror. We might not even need autocracy for such a societal paradigm to exist. Technology and the peer validation system is already so embedded into our daily life that it seems that an end-point as described in this article is feasible.
- A Bloomberg piece on Romania warning that our political class jeopardizes the progress that the country has hardly achieved. The paradox is that a majority government is so unstable. Do you want to know why? I wrote here and here about it.
What I am up to this week?
Reading Eeva Houtbeckers’ doctoral thesis on mundane social entrepreneurship. I must say, I am skeptical when it comes to the “social” motivations of these start-ups, but this long piece goes into the depths of the day to day activities of social entrepreneurship to question the categorization of what is social and what is not.