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Robot drivers: another blow by Uber against working people

Robot drivers: another blow by Uber against working people
A self-driving Ford Fusion hybrid car on a test drive in Pittsburgh on Aug. 18, 2016. (Jared Wickerham / Associated Press)

To the editor: I couldn't help but wonder why Uber would be working like gangbusters to use something as asinine as driverless cars, but then the answer came in the fifth paragraph right from its head honcho: The company wants to lay off all of its drivers "as quickly as possible." ("Uber is about to start giving rides in self-driving cars," Aug. 18)

I'm sure this won't mean much to the obnoxious, drunken, smartphone-clutching college-age punks who are Uber's main clientele — until they graduate and find out the career on which they have hung all of their hopes and dreams for the future just got outsourced to India or has been made obsolete by machinery.

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Brian Parrott, Orange 

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To the editor: First Uber put taxi companies out of business but signed on drivers who want to make some bucks. Now it wants to un-employ all of its drivers by replacing them with robots.

Soon we will need refugee camps for those who cannot find work. Robots will rule. Is this what we want for humanity?

Dorothy Ungerleider, Encino

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