Universal Basic Income agreed by John Lilly, VC and Former CEO of MozillaThere was no middle class, then there was a middle class, now we’re back where we started—it’s hollowed out. I don’t see where the middle class is going to come from. You’ll start seeing more conversation about a guaranteed income.
Universal Basic Income agreed by Lord Robert Skidelsky, EconomistAn unconditional basic income would make part-time work a possibility for many who now have to work full-time at minimum wages; it would also start to give all workers the same choice as to how much to work, and under what conditions, as is now possessed by owners of substantial capital.
Universal Basic Income agreed by Alec Ross, Ex-senior Advisor for Innovation to the Sec of StateThe economy continues to develop in the way it is with bounty and more spread, more billionaires, and more struggling members of the working class. I do think that there will be more and more momentum for safety-net programs like basic income.
Universal Basic Income agreed by Andrew Gamble, Sir Isaiah Berlin Award for Lifetime Contribution to Political StudiesBuilding a political coalition around the idea of basic income would help end the resentment of those in work contributing to support those who are not able to work or cannot find jobs. Payment of a basic income to everyone would price workers into many more jobs which at present do not pay enough for people to live on.
Universal Basic Income agreed by George Magnus, Former Chief Economist of UBSThe most compelling argument for the UBI stems from our evolving social and economic organisation. Radical advances in digital technologies, robotics and artificial intelligence will transform our society beyond our capacity to imagine at this point. Already, new technologies are undermining an array of middle-wage paying, middle-skill level occupations, not just low paid and low skilled ones.
Universal Basic Income agreed by Tim Draper, Billionaire Venture CapitalistGiving everyone $15,000 would put everyone on the same level. They could do with it whatever they wanted, but having the financial security of some basic money to live on, would give them the opportunity to work on what they want. Work is everything,
Universal Basic Income agreed by Scott Phoenix, Entrepreneur and Cofounder of VicariousI am a big fan of work programs and universal basic income. Government and society has a role to play in ensuring a smooth transition between technological disruption. We can have a society where there are tons of jobs for everyone. There is always going to be stuff to do. It is a matter of making sure that when someone was doing one thing and they were used to doing that thing, there are useful transitions to being able to do something new.
Universal Basic Income agreed by David Rolf, Vice President of SEIU and President of SEIU Local 775 in SeattleI happen to think universal basic income and a high minimum wage work well in combination to produce tighter labor markets, more consumer spending power, and if McDonald's want to lure you out of your rock band or off your couch to go and cook french fries, they ought to have to pay a premium for that.
Universal Basic Income agreed by Chris Eliasmith, AI pioneerI think these impacts will grow as we build more sophisticated machines able to do ‘mundane’ jobs. My suspicion is that more countries will have to follow Finland’s lead in exploring basic income guarantees for people. In short, my biggest worry about AI is its capacity to amplify the already growing gulf between rich and poor.
Universal Basic Income agreed by Thom Hartmann, Radio HostIf conservatives really want to do away with “wasteful” and “overly bureaucratic” social services in the U.S. - services like Medicaid, Social Security and foodstamps - there’s an easy alternative. It’s simple. It encourages personal responsibility. And it will do away with our current mess of programs that make up our social safety net. All we have to do is guarantee every person a universal, and unconditional, minimum income.
Universal Basic Income agreed by Ryan Holmes, CEO of HootsuiteIn the 1970s, a five-year basic income program in the Canadian province of Manitoba called Mincome showed promising results. Parents spent more time raising children. Students showed higher test scores and lower dropout rates. Hospital visits, mental illness, car accidents, and domestic abuse cases all declined. And in the end, total working hours only slipped by a few percentage points. In other words, having a basic income didn’t lead to sloth or indolence. It let people spend time on the things that mattered: family, education, health, personal fulfillment. If the robots do take our jobs one day—but give us back some of those things in return—it might not be such a bad trade after all.
Universal Basic Income agreed by Bill Gross, Billionaire investor, Janus CapitalInstead we should spend money where it’s needed most – our collapsing infrastructure for instance, health care for an aging generation and perhaps on a revolutionary new idea called UBI – Universal Basic Income. If more and more workers are going to be displaced by robots, then they will need money to live on, will they not?
Universal Basic Income agreed by Albert Wenger, Venture Capitalist. Twitter & Tumblr Investor.One way to think about a basic income is as follows: it removes a currently binding constraint on time optimization for many individuals allowing them to escape a local minimum – that in turn lets the economy as a whole adjust much faster (and with far less pain).
Universal Basic Income agreed by Food Banks Canada, Organization in CanadaThe time has come for the provinces and territories to dismantle what has become an understaffed, stressed, and ineffective bureaucratic system that hurts more than it helps. There exist several viable models for a basic income – administered through the tax system – that would eliminate the bureaucracy, the intrusiveness, and the stigma associated with welfare. Our recommendations include this significant, forward-thinking plan, as well as several other common-sense actions.
Universal Basic Income agreed by Björn Wahlroos, One of Richest Men in Finland and Supporter of Free MarketsWe'll have to develop – and develop ourselves towards – a society where it'll be possible to guarantee the income level and well-being of people without ravaging the labour markets. And the solution will be a basic income scheme – be it this one or another one
Universal Basic Income agreed by Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator. Investor at Reddit, Stripe, Change.org, Pinterest and many othersI think it’s good to start studying [basic income] early. I’m fairly confident that at some point in the future, as technology continues to eliminate traditional jobs and massive new wealth gets created, we’re going to see some version of this at a national scale.
Eating burnt toasts/chips/potatoes can cause cancer agreed by FoodStandardsAgency, UK department responsible for protecting public healthPeople can cut their risk, including opting for a gold colour - rather than darker brown - when frying, roasting, baking, grilling or toasting
Eating burnt toasts/chips/potatoes can cause cancer disagreed by Cancer Research UK, World's largest independent cancer research charityThe link between acrylamide and cancer has not yet been proven in humans
Advanced artificial intelligence will pose a serious risk to society within the next 50 years agreed by Eliezer Yudkowsky, AI researcher who popularized the idea of friendly artificial intelligenceYudkowsky argues that as AI systems become increasingly intelligent, new formal tools will be needed in order to avert default incentives for harmful behavior, as well as to inductively teach correct behavior.
Advanced artificial intelligence will pose a serious risk to society within the next 50 years agreed by Daniel C. Dennett, Philosopher and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of PhilosophyThe real danger, then, is not machines that are more intelligent than we are usurping our role as captains of our destinies. The real danger is basically clueless machines being cededauthority far beyond their competence.
Advanced artificial intelligence will pose a serious risk to society within the next 50 years disagreed by Gordon Moore, Co-founder and chairman emeritus of Intel. Proponent of Moore's LawThe singularity is unlikely ever to occur because of the complexity with which the human brain operates
Advanced artificial intelligence will pose a serious risk to society within the next 50 years disagreed by Douglas Hofstadter, Professor of cognitive science. Pulitzer prize winnerLife and intelligence are far more complex than the current singularitarians seem to believe, so I doubt it will happen in the next couple of centuries
Advanced artificial intelligence will pose a serious risk to society within the next 50 years agreed by Ray Kurzweil, Author, computer scientist, inventor and futuristThe existential threat from genetic technologies is already here: the same technology that will soon make major strides against cancer, heart disease, and other diseases could also be employed by a bioterrorist to create a bioengineered biological virus that combines ease of transmission, deadliness, and stealthiness, that is, a long incubation period. The tools and knowledge to do this are far more widespread than the tools and knowledge to create an atomic bomb, and the impact could be far worse.
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