Eric, here are some figures, granted probably biased.
"So who exactly are these Uber drivers? They are primarily male, though less exclusively so than in the traditional taxi industry, and the majority (7 out of 10) are working to support either a child or a parent living at home. In other words, Uber has become a much needed source of income for a lot of Americans. Those who have never worked as a professional driver before make $19 an hour on average, while drivers who used to drive black cars professional are taking home $27 per hour on average.
Also, Uber drivers are surprisingly skewed older. If your image of an Uber driver is a kid out of college unable to get a â€œreal job,â€ consider that more Uber drivers are over 50 than are under 30, according to the data".
This study didn't indicate, and I don't know, if they have to pay vehicle costs, get tips, etc. And are they paying taxes, or is this a cash thing?
But for a guy like me who grew up out in the fields on hot days doing heavy manual labor for seventy-five cents an hour, then tending livestock for another couple hours in the evening before a late dinner and doing homework, this doesn't sound like such a bad gig.
Now, at least I do give them credit for working instead of going on the dole, but this doesn't sound all that bad to me.
Now, as regards AI and ML as it relates to farming, at the same time all of this is happening, we must remember that except for large corporate farms, smaller farmers are not going to be able to afford the investments and the investment risk of this very expensive technology, so more and more independent farmers are going to disappear, and the whole food-production industry gets very expensive. More and more federal programs are going to be required to pay for all this automation, with less and less responsible control on the money we all have to spend. You just pay for it at the grocery, clothing store, and your tax returns.