On the Edge of Automation (interview with Steve Jurvetson)

Steve Jurvetson - The Futures AgencyThe great thing about Silicon Valley visionaries is that they are really good at thinking big about the future. Few of them are also taking the risk and invest their money in long-term technology ventures with a vision to transform business and society in a dramatic way. One of these visionaries investing heavily in this is Steve Jurvetson

Steve is a founding partner at the venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson and a board member at SpaceX and Tesla Motors, Steve spends a lot of time thinking about the future, often the distant future. One of Elon Musk’s biggest backers, he was also a founding investor in Hotmail and sits on the board of Craig Venter’s Synthetic Genomics, the constructor of the first synthetic cell.

Read this interesting interview with Steve Jurvetson on MIT Technology Review.

In the interview, he quotes:

“Five hundred years from now, less than 10 percent of people on the planet will be doing paid work.”


“The service economy is bigger than the goods economy, so the online equivalent should be even bigger and more powerful than the online marketplace for physical goods.”

‘Everything about Uber has been automated except for the driver. The billing, the fetching—every part of it is a modern, information-centric company. Interestingly, what that means is as soon as automated vehicles arrive, that driver is easily removed. You don’t have to restructure any part of that business.”

We don’t want to spoil the pleasure of reading more interesting quotes, so head over to read the original interview.

Posted by Rudy de Waele aka @mtrends / shift2020.com

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