Five for Friday: Uncertain Waters

I'm not going to lie, it's a bit of a struggle today. We thought about taking the week off to regroup. We thought about deviating from our format to provide other thoughts. But then we remembered that we all have to move forward. We still believe in being stronger together and so with that in mind, we're here doing what we do best: finding a way to advance the community and the discussion and the work we love so much.

We founded Apparatus around the hallmark of building the capacity of governance systems to deal with the uncertainty inherent to emerging and disruptive technologies. Now, as of this week, we need to build the capacity of socio-technological systems to deal with the uncertaintyv inherent to governance in this new political era.

All we know for certain is that local control and public-private partnerships just became infinitely more important as the vehicles for driving technological progress. For our part, we will now be working ten times as hard to ensure that these efforts are ambitious in advancing the common good and providing for transparency, accountability, equity, sustainability and robust, meaningful public engagement.

This week's articles are a mixed bag which represents how a lot of us are feeling as we tread into uncertain waters. In the spirit of keeping the debate point/counter-point style alive, here's a look at what we may--or may not--be in for.

1. Point: Trump can't stop the clean economy. In this piece of hope from Bloomberg, there's some evidence that the market's momentum around cleaning up our energy technology cannot be stopped, no matter if a climate change denier is in office.

2. Counter-point: Trump will kill the clean economy. About that last piece...in another Bloomberg article there's a wholly different take--that renewables will be hit hard by a quick shift in the market to backing mining and other industries touted by Trump as the way forward.

3. Point: Technology will prevent Trump from bringing back jobs. WaPo postures that things have already changed so much and technology advancements as well as a changing perspective on "how" we work are well ahead of any discussion to "bring back" jobs.

4. Counter-point: Trump will kill the tech labor market. And then there's The Verge stating that Trump's anti-immigration stance could all but kill the innovation in which we take so much pride. A restriction in H-1B visas, for example, could cripple Silicon Valley.

5. Point: Question mark as to what Trump will mean for self-driving cars and their regulation. As we've remarked several times on this blog, the [current] administration has done quite a bit to advance self-driving technology by way of making it easy to conduct testing, etc. As The Detroit News states, there's a lot of uncertainty over what may happen with a new regime in town.

6. Additional point to round out #5...we think the more lasting impact of Trump on self-driving cars will come from his road-friendly transportation plan.

As a last editorial on the week, here are our post-voting selfies from Tuesday. If we learn nothing else from this year, may it be a reminder that engaging in our civic duty is the most patriotic thing we can do.

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