The Uberization of Workplace Learning
The Democracy of Things
The cloud is radically rewiring our lives. Uber, Spotify and Airbnb, for example, have cut out the ‘middle person’ when it comes to booking transport, listening to music and finding holiday accommodation. As cloud removes the inefficiencies inherent in analogue, such as removing the need for taxi queues, traditional agents can be ‘disintermediated’. You only have to recall the Parisian protests against Uber to recognise the potentially disruptive force of the cloud.
As this process of digital disintermediation continues to gain momentum in domestic and social settings, we need to ask ourselves how such technologies are impacting the world of work.