I was on my way to a writing conference a few months ago when my Uber driver told me how much he generally makes in a weekend.

“$800?” I replied, “I struggle to make that in a week sometimes.”

But then he told me how much his car payment is. Add on top of that insurance, wear and tear, etc. Some even have to take out Uber driver loans just to get started.

My only investments have been a computer, advertising, and my co-working space subscription. Suddenly I was making way more than him.

Uber is the Kleenex and Bandaid of the gig economy world. But that doesn’t mean ride sharing is the pinnacle of gigs.

Here are the gigs that could make you way more than your local Uber driver makes.

1. Deep Learning Gigs

Do you want to accelerate the coming of the “singularity” while making a ton of money and simultaneously calling yourself a freelancer? You might like to take on Deep Learning.

We don’t get exactly how machine learning works, but we can make it work. And if you understand how that’s possible and you know a variety of programming languages, you could make $115 dollars an hour.

Deep learning is the programming field where programs somehow mimic human neural networks. And we have to train the digital brain.

These machines can do a variety of things including facial recognition, human-like conversation, and sort more data sets than any other kind of computing.

2. Cryptocurrency Gigs

While a gamer like me hated the rise of Cryptocurrencies (see overpriced GPUs), developers and digital architects loved it. Why? because if they could master blockchain, then they could sell their services for mad money.

How much money? Oh, around $87 an hour.

If you’re a blockchain freelancer, you would know C++, Solidity, and Python.

3. Robotics Gigs

If the deep learning guys are bringing about the singularity, the robotics guys are giving the AI mastery over the physical world. (Sadly, it’s really not that dramatic yet.)

But roboticists don’t have to work in-house anymore. They can work as consultants and small-scale manufacturers.

All it takes is a degree in mechanical engineering and mastery of certain software suites. Just don’t create a robot who can write articles and do marketing just yet (at least not until I’ve sold my first novel).

By Ben Mattice

Benjamin Mattice is a freelance writer/editor, horror and sci-fi writer, SEO and affiliate marketing newbie, dog wrestler, cat wrangler, capoeirista, and long distance runner. He lives in the Palouse with his wife, three dogs, two cats, and two rats. Yes, that would probably be considered a mini-zoo.