Mark Zuckerberg, CEO at Facebook · 11 Feb 2018An entrepreneurial culture thrives when it’s easy to try lots of new ideas. We should explore ideas like universal basic income to give everyone a cushion to try new things. There is something wrong with our system when I can make billions of dollars in 10 years while millions of students can’t afford to pay off their loans, let alone start a business.
Paul Buchheit, Lead developer of Gmail, founder of FriendFeed. and investor in Y Combinator · 27 Jan 2018I don't have to work. I choose to work. And I believe that everyone deserves the same freedom I have. If done right, it's also economically superior, meaning that we will all have more wealth. We often talk about how brilliant or visionary Steve Jobs was, but there are probably millions of people just as brilliant as he was. The difference is that they likely didn't grow up with great parents, am... See More
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO at Facebook · 15 Dec 2017Net neutrality is the idea that the internet should be free and open for everyone. If a service provider can block you from seeing certain content or can make you pay extra for it, that hurts all of us and we should have rules against it.
Werner Vogels, CTO and Vice President of Amazon.com · 15 Dec 2017I am extremely disappointed in the FCC decision to remove the #NetNeutrality protections. We'll continue to work with our peers, partners and customers to find ways to ensure an open and fair internet that can continue to drive massive innovation.
Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple Inc, inventor of the personal computer · 15 Dec 2017Fast lanes or “paid prioritization” create anti-competitive incentives for ISPs to favor their own services over those of their competitors. Though Pai thinks paid prioritization would somehow benefit consumers, allowing ISPs to make such arrangements would stifle innovation online and make it harder for the next great streaming service or social network to reach the market. This is not an idle wo... See More
Mitchel Resnick, Professor of Learning Research at MIT Media Lab · 09 Dec 2017I think the reasons for learning to code are the same as the reasons for learning to write. When we learn to write, we are learning how to organize, express, and share ideas. And when we learn to code, we are learning how to organize, express, and share ideas in new ways, in a new medium.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO at Facebook · 09 Dec 2017
disagrees Social media threaten democracyWe'll keep working to ensure the integrity of free and fair elections around the world, and to ensure our community is a platform for all ideas and force for good in democracy. The data we have has always shown that our broader impact -- from giving people a voice to enabling candidates to communicate directly to helping millions of people vote -- played a far bigger role in this election [than mi... See More
Mitchel Resnick, Professor of Learning Research at MIT Media Lab · 09 Dec 2017Both groups benefit. Moreover, that’s one way of dealing with the challenge of a single teacher committed to 30 or more kids. It doesn’t have to be that way. Older kids can be helping younger kids, people from the community can be helping.
Andrew Ng, Baidu; Stanford CS faculty; founded Coursera and Google Brain · 30 Nov 2017Worrying about the rise of evil killer robots is like worrying about overpopulation and pollution on Mars before we've even set foot on it - an unnecessary distraction.
Andrew Ng, Baidu; Stanford CS faculty; founded Coursera and Google Brain · 30 Nov 2017I do not believe in unconditional basic income because this just encourages people to be trapped in low skilled jobs without a meaningful path to climb up to do better work. So rather to pay people to “do nothing” I would rather see a new “New deal” where we pay you to study because I think that today we know how to educate people at scale and the society is pretty good at finding meaningful wo... See More
Bill Gates, Philanthropist. Founder and former CEO of Microsoft. · 29 Nov 2017
disagrees Social media threaten democracyI felt sure that allowing anyone to publish information and making it easy to find would enhance democracy and the overall quality of political debate. However, the partitioning you talk about which started on cable TV and might be even stronger in the digital world is a concern. We all need to think about how to avoid this problem. It would seem strange to have to force people to look at ideas th... See More
Bill Gates, Philanthropist. Founder and former CEO of Microsoft. · 22 Sep 2017
agrees Carbon TaxThe push is the R&D, the pull is the carbon tax. Yes, the government will be somewhat inept, but the private sector is in general inept. How many companies do venture capitalists invest in that go poorly? By far most of them.
Bill Gates, Philanthropist. Founder and former CEO of Microsoft. · 07 Sep 2017
agrees Robot TaxRight now, the human worker who does, say, $50,000 worth of work in a factory, that income is taxed and you get income tax, social security tax, all those things. If a robot comes in to do the same thing, you’d think that we’d tax the robot at a similar level.
Evgeny Morozov, Writer ans researcher on political and social implications of technology. · 06 Sep 2017Basic income, therefore, is often seen as the Trojan horse that would allow tech companies to position themselves as progressive, even caring – the good cop to Wall Street’s bad cop – while eliminating the hurdles that stand in the way of further expansion. Goodbye to all those cumbersome institutions of the welfare state, employment regulations that guarantee workers’ rights or subversive attemp... See More
Noam Chomsky, Linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic, and political activist · 06 Sep 2017It comes from the right wing originally. Milton Friedman proposed it for example. From his point of view it was part of an effort to undermine welfare state measures. But it doesn’t have to have a reactionary component. It can be interpreted as something progressive. That people have rights. In fact if you read the universal declaration of human rights, 1948, take a look at article 45. It says peo... See More
Ray Kurzweil, Author, computer scientist, inventor and futurist · 06 Sep 2017Adopting a universal basic income for all people can help society think creatively with new ideas, develop new industries — and free-up people to work on important future projects. This practical social support program can grow as science & technology rapidly evolve, becoming part of world abundance.
Pedro Domingos, Professor of computer science at UW and author of 'The Master Algorithm' · 06 Sep 2017In developed countries, we don't let people starve or go without emergency medical care, so we effectively already have a basic income. Let's start by making it less random and inefficient.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO at Facebook · 02 Sep 2017I have pretty strong opinions on this. I am optimistic. I think you can build things and the world gets better. But with AI especially, I am really optimistic. I think people who are naysayers and try to drum up these doomsday scenarios — I just, I don't understand it. It's really negative and in some ways I actually think it is pretty irresponsible
Andrew Ng, Baidu; Stanford CS faculty; founded Coursera and Google Brain · 31 Aug 2017Need to time technology well: 2007 was good time to launch iPhone; but not 1993 (Apple Newton) since battery/screen/chip tech not there. Extreme example: Leonardo da Vinci (1480s) invention of helicopters was way too early. Engine technology didn’t get there until 1900s. Maybe 2007 was early for autonomous driving (DARPA Urban Challenge) since AI, sensors not yet there. From ~2015 ecosystem more r... See More
Andrew Ng, Baidu; Stanford CS faculty; founded Coursera and Google Brain · 31 Aug 2017Tech world is used to tectonic shift every 5 years from new inventions. Now tech has infected other industries so everyone has to shift.
agrees Disagree and commitThis phrase will save a lot of time. If you have conviction on a particular direction even though there's no consensus, it's helpful to say, "Look, I know we disagree on this but will you gamble with me on it? Disagree and commit?" By the time you're at this point, no one can know the answer for sure, and you'll probably get a quick yes.
I don’t like the ‘Plan B’ idea that we want to go to space so we have a backup planet, we have sent probes to every planet in this solar system, and believe me, this is the best planet. There is no doubt. This is the one that you want to protect.
Marvin Minsky, Mathematician, computer scientist, and pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence · 31 Aug 2017The ultimate risk comes when our greedy, lazy, masterminds are able at last to take that final step: to design goal-achieving programs which are programmed to make themselves grow increasingly powerful.
Alan Turing, British mathematician and logician, a major contributor to mathematics, cryptanalysis, and AI · 31 Aug 2017Even if we could keep the machines in a subservient position, for instance by turning off the power at strategic moments, we should, as a species, feel greatly humbled. … [T]his new danger … is certainly something which can give us anxiety.
Peter Thiel, Technology entrepreneur and investor · 31 Aug 2017Thiel foundation is the single largest donor to MIRI, an organization founded by the illustrious Eliezer Yudkowsky
Eric Horvitz, Director of Microsoft Research's main Redmond lab · 31 Aug 2017Deeper study is also needed to understand the potential of superintelligence or other pathways to result in even temporary losses of control of AI systems.
Roman Yampolskiy, Computer scientist at the University of Louisville · 31 Aug 2017Yampolskiy has warned of the possibility of existential risk from advanced artificial intelligence, and has advocated research into "boxing" artificial intelligence
Richard Sutton, Professor and iCORE chair of computer science at University of Alberta · 31 Aug 2017He states that there is “certainly a significant chance within all of our expected lifetimes” that human-level AI will be created, then goes on to say the AIs “will not be under our control”, and so on
Marcus Hutter, Professor in the Research School of Computer Science at Australian National University · 31 Aug 2017Way before the singularity, even when setting up a virtual society in our imagine, there are likely some immediate difference, for example that the value of an individual life suddenly drops, with drastic consequences.
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