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Stephen Hawking, British physicist

The primitive forms of artificial intelligence developed so far have already proved very useful, but I fear the consequences of creating something that can match or surpass humans.
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Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web

The system is failing. The way ad revenue works with clickbait is not fulfilling the goal of helping humanity promote truth and democracy. So I am concerned.
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Christopher Pissarides, Nobel Prize winner in Economics

agrees Basic Income
I am very much in favour, as long as we know how to apply it without taking away incentive to work at the lower end of the market
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Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry and president of the Royal Society

I am very happy eating transgenic maize. Genetically modified foods can make a difference: adapted to drought or more nutrients in a crop such as Golden Rice, in which precursors of vitamin A are introduced and can help prevent childhood blindness.
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Erik Brynjolfsson, Professor at MIT

agrees Carbon Tax
If we're willing to send half a million fellow citizens into battle, to protect oil supplies and our economic way of life, we should be no less willing to make the small sacrifice of paying more for gasoline. A revenue-neutral plan that reduced Social Security taxes by $1 billion for every penny a gallon of gas tax would leave the working poor and middle class better off than before. In the long t... See More
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Noam Chomsky, Linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic, and political activist

agrees Basic Income
It 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
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Nick Bostrom,

Before the prospect of an intelligence explosion, we humans are like small children playing with a bomb [...] We have little idea when the detonation will occur, though if we hold the device to our ear we can hear a faint ticking sound
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Paul Krugman, Economist (nobel laureate) and NY Times columnist

agrees Carbon Tax
Emissions taxes are the Economics 101 solution to pollution problems; every economist I know would start cheering wildly if Congress voted in a clean, across-the-board carbon tax.
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Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web

agrees Basic Income
It is one of the ways of addressing massive global inequality
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Yanis Varoufakis, Former finance minister of Greece, is Professor of Economics at the University of Athens

agrees Basic Income
Either we are going to have a basic income that regulates this new society of ours, or we are going to have very substantial social conflicts that get far worse with xenophobia and refugees and migration and so forth.
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Bill Mitchell, Professor of Economics and Musician

disagrees Basic Income
A basic income guarantee is a neo-liberal strategy for serfdom without the work ... In addition to a Job Guarantee we also demand a Services Guarantee. It is no good having a bare minimum income if the dentists and doctors and shops in your town are closed and the public transport system is deficient.
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Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Essayist, scholar, statistician, former trader, and risk analyst

There are resilient ways to solve problems, say feed the world, without complicated technologies that entail fragility and unkown possibilities.
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Richard Dawkins,

Children do need to be protected so that they can have a proper education and not be indoctrinated in whatever religion their parents happen to have been brought up in.
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A.C. Grayling,

All education should be secular. But failing that, religious indoctrination - which in a free society will occur, because one cannot outlaw religion itself, though one should argue against it vigorously – should happen at the private expense of those who choose to inflict it on their children. It should emphatically not be happening at public expense.
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Lawrence Krauss,

If you think about that, somehow saying that, well, anything goes, we shouldn’t offend religious beliefs by requiring kids to know – to understand reality; that’s child abuse. And if you think about it, teaching kids – or allowing the notion that the earth is 6,000 years old to be promulgated in schools is like teaching kids that the distance across the United States is 17 feet. That’s how big an ... See More
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Jerry Coyne,

But it doesn’t matter what the definition of “science” is: the First Amendment prohibits pushing religion in the classroom, and creationism is religion. Scholars don’t have the right to “explore” the role of God in the history of life. As I said, I’d object to scholars lying to their students, but would try to take legal action only against lies that violate the Constitution. The courts have defin... See More
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Tina Beattie, Writer, broadcaster

There’s a difference between religious schools (which teach religion) and faith schools (which teach the national curriculum). I support state funding for the latter. Religious parents pay taxes and are entitled to a reasonable choice in education. Where is the evidence that religious instruction is ‘bad for society’? Secular society must accommodate a genuine plurality of beliefs and values in ed... See More
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Stephen Hawking, British physicist

the automation of factories has already decimated jobs in traditional manufacturing, and the rise of artificial intelligence is likely to extend this job destruction deep into the middle classes, with only the most caring, creative or supervisory roles remaining.
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Joel Mokyr,

I don’t see an easy way of solving it [mass unemployment]. It’s an inevitable consequence of technological progress.
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Moshe Vardi, AI and Automation Expert With 30 Yrs Experience

We are approaching the time when machines will be able to outperform humans at almost any task. Society needs to confront this question before it is upon us: if machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do? A typical answer is that we will be free to pursue leisure activities. [But] I do not find the prospect of leisure-only life appealing. I believe that work i... See More
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Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman & former CEO, Google

We have to make them [workers] more productive through automation, through tools. So I'm convinced that there is in fact going to be a jobs shortage. There is going to be jobs that are unfulfilled, and that the way we'll fill them is to take people plus computers, and the computers will make people smarter. If you make the people smarter, their wages go up. They don't go down, and the number of jo... See More
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Lawrence Summers, Economist and Harvard University Professor

It is widely feared that half the jobs in the economy might be eliminated by innovations such as self-driving vehicles, automatic checkout machines and expert systems that trade securities more effectively than humans can.
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Vint Cerf, Internet pioneer

Historically, technology has created more jobs than it destroys and there is no reason to think otherwise in this case. Someone has to make and service all these advanced devices.
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Ross Anderson, British computer scientist, cryptographer

disagrees Electronic voting
When you move from voting in person to voting at home (whether by post, by phone or over the internet) it vastly expands the scope for vote buying and coercion, and we’ve seen this rising steadily in the UK since the 2001 election where postal votes first became a right. All the parties have been caught hustling up the vote in various ways.
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Michael Geist,

disagrees Electronic voting
While technology may someday allow us to replicate these essential features online, many of them are currently absent from Internet voting, which is subject to any number of possible disruptions. These include denial of service attacks that shut down the election process, counterfeit websites, phishing attacks, hacks into the election system, or the insertion of computer viruses that tamper with e... See More
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Ron Rivest, Cryptographer

disagrees Electronic voting
We have learned the hard way that almost any computer system can be broken into by a sufficiently determined, skillful, and persistent adversary. There is nothing special about voting systems that magically provides protection against attack... Voting system software may be maliciously designed, may contain bugs, or may be changed or replaced at some point during the pre-election roll-out of eq... See More
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Ed Felten,

disagrees Electronic voting
If there is uncertainty after an election, either because of the possibility of tampering or just the possibility of error or malfunction, a paperless system like Georgia’s doesn’t have any way to go back to other evidence to figure out what really happened.
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Dean Baker, Macroeconomist and codirector of the Center for Economic and Policy Research

disagrees Robot Tax
[This] is a tax on productivity growth.
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Robert J. Shiller, Professor of economics at Yale and Nobel laureate

agrees Robot Tax
A moderate tax on robots, even a temporary tax that merely slows the adoption of disruptive technology, seems a natural component of a policy to address rising inequality. Revenue could be targeted toward wage insurance, to help people replaced by new technology make the transition to a different career. This would accord with our natural sense of justice, and thus be likely to endure.
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Robert Reich, Former Secretary of Labor

agrees Basic Income
A minimal guarantee with regard to income, it seems to me as almost inevitable in terms the direction that the structural changes of our economy are taking us in.
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Stephen Hawking, British physicist

disagrees Brexit
Brexit would be disaster for UK science
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Roger Schank, John Evans Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, Psychology and Education, Northwestern University

Machines cannot think. They are not going to think any time soon. They may increasingly do more interesting things, but the idea that we need to worry about them, regulate them, or grant them civil rights, is just plain silly.
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Tony Atkinson, Research Fellow at Oxford and Professor at the London School of Economics

disagrees Basic Income
I don’t in fact favour a basic income as such, what I favour is what I call a participation income
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Steven Pinker, Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University

There is not the slightest reason to believe in a coming singularity. The fact that you can visualize a future in your imagination is not evidence that it is likely or even possible. Look at domed cities, jet-pack commuting, underwater cities, mile-high buildings, and nuclear-powered automobiles--all staples of futuristic fantasies when I was a child that have never arrived. Sheer processing power... See More
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Rodney A. Brooks, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, author, and robotics entrepreneur

If we are spectacularly lucky we’ll have AI over the next thirty years with the intentionality of a lizard, and robots using that AI will be useful tools. [...] Worrying about AI that will be intentionally evil to us is pure fear mongering
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Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel laureate economist based at Columbia University

disagrees Basic Income
You want your government to think more carefully about targeting programmes that help those in need, rather than universal. That’s a trade-off given the budget constraints on the public sector
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Stuart Russell, Professor of Computer Science at Berkeley

The question is: Could you prove that your systems can’t ever, no matter how smart they are, overwrite their original goals as set by the humans?
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Francis Fox Piven, Professor of political science and sociology at the City University of New York

agrees Basic Income
Universal income would facilitate a new economic fairness and stability to a financial system careening out of control
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Randall Wray, Professor of Economics at U. Missouri–Kansas City, Senior Scholar at Levy Economics Institute

disagrees Basic Income
I do not support sending a BIG check to everyone. It is a devaluation of the currency, as prices rise so that the BIG payment essentially becomes the entry price to the marketplace. So we will need to target the BIG to those who do not (or cannot) work. Yes there’s some stigma. But, first we implement Employer of Last Resort so that anyone who is ready and willing to work has a job in the Job Gua... See More
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Alan Turing, British mathematician and logician, a major contributor to mathematics, cryptanalysis, and AI

Even 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.
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Richard Schmalensee, Professor of Management and Economics at MIT

A properly designed negative income tax could be part of a better policy, but replacing everything is a bad idea.
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Jefferey Sachs, American economist

agrees Carbon Tax
Each region of the world should introduce a tax on CO2 emissions that starts low today and increases gradually and predictably in the future
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Diane Coyle, Professor of Economics, University of Manchester. Vice-Chairman BBC Trust. Former advisor to the UK Treasury.

disagrees Brexit
Many foreign investors would relocate, export contracts would not get renegotiated because of the uncertainty, and the transition costs of unpicking a 40+ year relationship would be extremely high
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Oliver Hart, Nobel Prize winner in Economics and Professor at Harvard

Bill Gates would get 13K, which is crazy. Raising taxes is costly and so redistribution should be targeted to those who need help most.
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Richard D. Wolff, Marxian economist. Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

disagrees Basic Income
UBI creates a new difference between those people who work and earn a living and those people who, for wathever reason, don't work but still earn a living. This is going to create two classes of people (...) and for me the big issue is why do that?. I like the idea of community building by not having people that are extremely wealthy or extremely poor, but I don't like this way of doing it, becau... See More
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Robert J. Shiller, Professor of economics at Yale and Nobel laureate

agrees Robot Tax
A moderate tax on robots, even a temporary tax that merely slows the adoption of disruptive technology, seems a natural component of a policy to address rising inequality. Revenue could be targeted towards wage insurance, to help people replaced by new technology make the transition to a different career. This would accord with our natural sense of justice, and thus be likely to endure.
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L. Rafael Reif, President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

I urge everyone to join us in rising to this historic challenge.
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Hillary Clinton, US presidential candidate

We talk about drought-resistant seeds, and I’ve promoted them all over Africa. By definition, they have been engineered to be drought-resistant, I mean that’s the beauty of them. Maybe somebody can get their harvest done and not starve, and maybe there’s some left over to sell.
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Lord Robert Skidelsky, Economist

agrees Basic Income
An 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.
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Nina V. Fedoroff, Molecular biologist known for her research in life sciences and biotechnology

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