In 20 years owning a car will be like owning a horse, amazing evolution of transportation and efficiency is under way and the Planet and the environment need it so much..
Uber and the like are already transforming transportation from a product industry to a service industry. This also represents an economic transition from focus a on possession to a focus on access. Add self-driving technology to the kind of network Uber is prototyping – with computer load balancing on vehicle distribution – and we have ubiquitous access to transportation, that can be made (nearly) accident free and emission free…while radically lowering traffic load and decreasing the total amount of cars needed by a factor of almost 20 (just the amount of cars for peak need time, all in full utilization [with service a buffer], rather than the average car spending 95% of its time sitting). This means 1/ 20th of the physical materials need to be taken from the earth for vehicles, with no emissions, power-able by renewable energy, free from accidents and traffic jams, while freeing human time and attention for more creative tasks. And by the way, the status associated with car possession is now gone.
Now imagine the result of this kind of process in every industry and sector: products to services, possession to access, less total resources providing greater utility through intelligent sharing, problem solving through technological innovation that obsoletes the need for political/ legal management tactics (traffic laws, tickets, etc.), technological automation of rote and dangerous tasks protecting people and freeing them for more meaningful focuses, increasing economic equality and decreasing status focus and differential advantage…
Technological automation and an access rather than possession based economy obsolete the need for private ownership and jobs….obsolete the need for systems of extrinsic incentive to get the people to do the jobs society needs done…so now we can systemically focus on optimizing for the intrinsic incentive of all humans…optimizing for real quality of life and unique creative purpose… Once the jobs no longer need the people, we can create a common wealth economics where the people no longer need the jobs, and a higher level of meaningful material capability is available to everyone than even the wealthiest people have ever experienced heretofore, with a far smaller resource load on the earth.
This also removes the structures that condition greed and selfishness: when having (access to) everything is a given for everyone from birth, and scarcity isn’t the starting point, and gaining more isn’t relevant or even possible, so there is no status conferred or individuation through getting/having…it becomes totally uninteresting. Instead, differentiation occurs only through creativity. The fruits of which are instantly a benefit to the entire commonwealth. Which makes us all personally invested in each other’s creativity and want for their success…changing the economic structural drivers of competition to drivers of simultaneous individuation and symbiosis. This also removes the basis for laziness, which comes from forcing kids to do uninteresting things, while not facilitating their actual interests (thereby breaking their interest in life), to prepare them for a life of being (economically) forced to do uninteresting jobs that they would rather spend less of their small time alive doing if they could. Removing the differential advantage system also removes the major conditioning factor for ubiquitous low grade psychopathy…allowing empathy and care to actually mature and be fostered in all people.
This is all possible. And happening. We are in the beginning stages of the transition – technologies like these are the beginning of capitalism obsoleting itself – technologies that have capitalist competitive advantage, that unknowingly undermine the basis for capitalism (private capital ownership with inexorably increasing differential advantage), and make possible a new higher-order system never before possible.