Good morning from Quick Shift (yeah, we changed the name already), your daily peek into the strange and exciting world of tomorrow. It's almost the weekend, so go ahead and spike your coffee and grab a drone — unless you live in New Jersey — and let's jump right into the news. — Shiraz Ahmed
Self-driving skepticism: A pushback to the hype around autonomous cars is growing. Even California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who represents a state at the leading edge of self-driving r&d, has her doubts. Until now, support for self-driving car legislation in Congress has been a relatively bipartisan issue. Let's see if that continues in 2018.
Uber cashes in: Japanese tech giant SoftBank officially closed on its bid to acquire a stake in Uber Technologies Inc. The billion-dollar deal will make a lot of people richer, notably former Uber CEO (and current board member) Travis Kalanick, who Business Insider reports is eyeing setting up a charitable foundation.
Kalanick's rise and fall: Fittingly, Bloomberg published a dishy insider story of Kalanick's no good, very bad, truly terrible 2017. Grab some popcorn, because this one's a doozy.