25 Feb '17, 11pm

Future economy needs future-ready social safety net

As a consumer, I love start-ups. Airbnb, Uber and car-sharing apps transformed my vacation experiences, opening up cheaper - and more interesting - accommodation and transport options. You can live in someone's lovely house, get to know them and their family, drive a neighbour's car, order food in when you feel like it, and even make new friends instantly via social meet-ups. In Singapore, I use Uber, Grab and food-delivery platforms. I order food in restaurants from iPads. (Smartphone QR code ordering should be next.) I console myself that when my job is taken over by a robot one day, I can make extra income from renting out my car and extra room in my apartment. As a shopper, I like cheap goods whose unit production cost have been brought down by automated manufacturing, and whose delivery cost is now negligible, because logistics is being streamlined, with robots taking...

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