Kevin Cashman

Category: Commentary

Remote-Controlled Self-Driving Cars: Unworkable Technology for Unproven Technology

Although hype about self-driving vehicles is everywhere, the actual technology behind them is starting to disappoint. Early predictions about when fully autonomous vehicles — that is, vehicles that would never need a human…

If You’re Thinking about Automating Entire Occupations, Please Try to Understand Everything Those Jobs Entail

The Atlantic posted an interesting article on the effects of automation on people of color in driving occupations, specifically concerning bus drivers. My colleague Cherrie Bucknor and I wrote about the effects of…

“Can Uber Ever Deliver?” A Fantastic Series from Naked Capitalism

Since 2016, Naked Capitalism has been releasing a now 14-part (!) series by Hubert Horan that looks at Uber, the ride-hailing (read: taxi) company. I can’t recommend the series enough: it is a comprehensive…

Airbnb Doesn’t Care About Discrimination (and Neither Does Uber)

There are some very good points and examples in a recent article about how Airbnb enables and permits discrimination on its hotel platform (and doesn’t care that it does). One thing that I’ll…

Does a Community Bike Ride that Costs Over $50 per Person Further Transportation Equity?

No, it doesn’t.  

Silicon Valley Is Screwing Up (and Hurting People)

Scott Alexander usually has takes I disagree with, and his new post “Silicon Valley: A Reality Check” is no exception. He tries to rehabilitate Silicon Valley by highlighting new startups that have an…

You Can’t Take Politics out of Science, so Why Try?

I’m a big fan of science, but not always a big fan of scientists. The March for Science reminds us that the politicization of science is bad, bad, bad. But how science is…

More People Should Be on Disability If They Need to Be, and That’s Not a Bad Thing

There is a big problem with the limits of the current discourse on defending disability benefits: it invariably has the strictness of Social Security’s disability insurance program — only 4 in 10 applicants…

Why Do Passengers Expect Uber Drivers to Honestly Tell Them Whether They Enjoy Their Work or Not?

I hear it a lot. Friends will ask their Uber (or Lyft, etc.) drivers if they enjoy working for the ride hailing service. The answer is often a variation on “yes,” and might have a few…

Vox Misses the Mark on Voting Reform

Vox recently published a mealy mouthed article on voting reform that explains why election day is on Tuesday. It is interesting to hear some reasons why election day is on a certain day, but…

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