Valley Drag Episode 6: The Privatization of Public Services

Valley Drag Episode 6: The Privatization of Public Services
Valley Drag

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Tim and Cristian drag the privatization of public services by Silicon Valley. We also make fun of Elon Musk lots. Plus a look at algorithm powered healthcare and Venture Funded Prison startups.

Content Warning: Politics, Healthcare, Prisons,  Extreme Bullshit

Show Notes:

00:03:49 – Hyperloop
00:25:00 – Ride Sharing Replacing the Bus System
00:41:55 – Bike Sharing
00:51:13 – Algorithmic Healthcare
01:03:55 – Promise.

  • The Hyperloop Pipe Dream
    • Local transportation councils dropping millions into impact studies proposal fundings for hyperloop companies springing up, none of which actually have scale prototypes
    • Growing popularity in midwest, capitalizing on the concept of something high tech but tangible that the working man” can contribute to
  • Elon Musk on Twitter
    • “Boring Co urban loop system would have 1000’s of small stations the size of a single parking space that take you very close to your destination & blend seamlessly into the fabric of a city, rather than a small number of big stations like a subway”
  • Altamonte Springs in Florida has already piloted a program to replace the Lynx bus system in their city with Ubers
  • What Happens When An Algorithm Cuts Your Health Care
  • Promise.
    • Claims to be an alternative to parole and claims to work with local governments, but this is really a venture funded private prison in sheeps clothing
      • Also like what if they sell data on users or something


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