I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading and thinking about the future of work. Obviously truck driving is going to be changed when autonomous vehicles take over that job. What I hadn’t realized was the sheer number of truck drivers in the world. There is a staggering number of them. In that vein I decided to stop at the “World’s Largest Truckstop” on my last photography trip to learn more.
As I was wandering around making photographs this gentleman approached me. He said “Hey, can you make any money doing that?” referring to photography. I said if you work hard enough and long enough maybe, just maybe you can make a little money. He told me he was a truck driver and that he was thinking about taking up photography. He’d been “making a little bit of money” making YouTube slideshows of photography. I told him to email me and we could continue the conversation online. He’s holding my card in his hand in this photograph. When I asked if I could take a photo of him he decided to pose like this. I guess he wanted to look tough. He never got in touch.
I keep thinking about how dramatically our world is going to change in the coming years. In particular, what happens when autonomous vehicles take over for truck drivers? What is the world going to look like? Truck driving was the most common job in roughly 28 States in The United States Of America in 2014.
Fred Vogelstein writes:
I don’t typically join the gaggle of folks trying to guess what Steve Jobs’ next move is going to be, but for once I can’t resist. On Monday Jobs is taking the stage at Apple’s worldwide developers conference in San Francisco to do what he does best – tell us all about Apple’s latest products and reinforce his place as the most charismatic CEO on the planet. He’ll probably announced a new Ipod, tell us more about the iPhone etc etc. One announcement I’m almost sure of, however : A far reaching, cloud computing partnership with Google. Both companies have been hinting about it for months, and it makes perfect sense.
Apple should kill .mac and bundle it as a Google cloud storage system.