In what seems to be overnight, Dubai has positioned themselves as a millionaire’s playground, a nation of great wealth, simply put an upper-echelon country. They have set the precedent for higher end living; they seem to pride themselves in having things the biggest, the most exquisite, and lavish in the world. Their level of innovation and bravery to move forward with technology, infrastructure, and architecture is unmatched. This attitude and innovation is exactly what helped Dubai rise to “stardom” in such a short period of time; along with a newly found source of oil. They’re continuing to progress and do things that others are either afraid of, or can’t afford and they show no signs of slowing.
Staying within their identity, Dubai has recently approved innovation that will set them apart even more, flying taxis! Passenger Drones, with a carrying capacity of one person and a medium sized suitcase, is set to launch as early as July. The city has appointed a director of city transportation with an ambitious plan to increase driverless technology. They plan on having 25% of all journeys in the city operated by driverless vehicles. The drones are mad by a Chinese firm, Ehang, and can fly up to 31 miles on a single battery charge, with top speed reaching 100 miles per hour.
This new type of technology will probably eradicate taxis completely, with the already constant pressure of services such as Uber. Eventually all of our transportation will be of this sort, we will no longer need humans for very many jobs. This thought seems to scare many, and simply put I don’t think we’re prepared. Companies that have gone fully robotic on manufacturing and have cut physical labor completely, have received tons of backlash. People have turned to their political leaders to “bring their jobs back”. However, it is simply not happening. The jobs are no longer needed so they no longer exist, in fact governments would hinder growth if they tried to prevent companies from going fully electronic and “looking out for the small people”. We live in a new age, the largest companies have very few employees. For example, facebook, a billionaire company has less than 300 employees.
So what does this mean for the future? Personally, I believe this is a good thing, and the small man must change his thinking. Where there is human interaction, and flow of money there will always be jobs. As many robots as we make, it will never take away our human nature, which is the need for interaction with other humans. With that being said, I think it is imperative that people become more creative with their ways of employment. There has been a great increase in service jobs over the years. This trend will continue for years to come, and I think the job market and structure as a whole will continue. If not we will see even greater wealth inequality than we do now, which might be a dangerous thing.