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How Uber Changed Employment, And For More Than Its Drivers

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Technology wins: in many places, you don't have to call a cab anymore, you just use your Uber app to summon a ride-share.  Great for people wanting to get from place to place... but how about those drivers?  Is life behind the wheel all they thought it would be? 

Technology ethnographer Alex Rosenblat rode thousands of miles on Uber to find the answers to those questions, and many more. 

The resulting book is called Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work.  The book gives an overview of the technological, economic, and even cultural power Uber now wields.  The author visits with stories from her many road trips.  

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.