04 Nov '14, 6pm

Digital Disruption

Digital Disruption

It has been argued since the Luddites that man has been in opposition with machines. They were going to: run our lives; lose our jobs; or just control us. This dystopian view perpetuated by George Orwell’s 1984 has filtered down to London’s Black Cab trade. A simple question: Have computers obviated the need for The Knowledge and are they the latest assault on the trade’s traditions? T he minute you fire-up a sat-nav or use a navigational app on your smart phone the Capital’s 25,000 streets and many of its places of interest are available at the touch of a digit. And yet in contrast cabbies have spent 4 years learning how to get from A-B and learned all the points of interest along the route. Do passengers feel more confident being driven by someone who’s invested time, and money, to ensure he – or she – knows where they are going; rather than a driver who takes machine-ba...

Full article: http://www.cabbieblog.com/digital-disruption/

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