Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin (400 companies) · 16 Feb 2018
agrees CryptocurrenciesI think it is working. There will be other currencies like it that may be even better, but in the meantime there's a big industry around bitcoin. You know, people have made fortunes out of bitcoin, some people have lost money out of bitcoin.
Cory Doctorow, Writer, blogger, activist. · 11 Feb 2018
agrees Net neutralityThe internet isn't nearly so important as racial injustice and vanquishing white supremacy, nor smashing patriarchy, nor rescuing our planet from looters and clmate vandals, nor feudal inequality: but EVERY ONE of those fights will be won or lost with the internet
Mike Bloomberg, American businessman and politician, former mayor of new york city · 11 Feb 2018
agrees Health taxesNoncommunicable diseases are a growing global crisis, especially in low-and-middle income countries. There’s substantial evidence that taxes and fiscal policies are essential to confronting this health threat.
Mike Bloomberg, American businessman and politician, former mayor of new york city · 27 Jan 2018
agrees Soda taxesNoncommunicable diseases are a growing global crisis, especially in low-and-middle income countries. There’s substantial evidence that taxes and fiscal policies are essential to confronting this health threat.
Francis Fukuyama, Senior Fellow at Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute, political scientist · 19 Jan 2018There are entire countries where Facebook Messenger has replaced email as the primary channel by which people communicate. This kind of power wielded at such a scale is unprecedented in human experience, and we need to think carefully about whether American democracy can continue to coexist with such power concentrated over the longer run.
Alec Ross, Former Senior Innovation Advisor to Hillary Clinton, currently running for Governor of Maryland · 29 Nov 2017
disagrees Social media threaten democracyThe information control that some of the world’s strongmen and terrorist groups have on people is tenuous. The digital world is still relatively new, and for the most part, when young people come to more power, we will have more open societies. If you look at this over decades, I think it will be very positive globally
Jenny McCarthy, American actress, model, television host, author, screenwriter, and anti-vaccine activist · 06 Sep 2017
disagrees VaccinesWhat I really am is “anti-toxins” in the vaccines. I do believe that there is a correlation between vaccinations and autism. I don’t think it’s the sole cause, but I think they’re triggering–it’s triggering–autism in these kids. A really great example is…is, sometimes obesity can trigger diabetes. I do believe that vaccines can trigger autism…It’s so much more than just mercury. That is one ingred... See More
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
MIchael Hudson, Economist. Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. · 06 Sep 2017The problem’s not only income, but what people have to spend it on. Paine didn’t talk about universal income, he talked about everybody should have the right to a place to live, a means of their own self-support. That’s independent from income. Once you economize and financialize it, you put in a distortion. You don’t want to give people income to buy what really should be public goods and servic... See More
Yuval Noah Harari, Israeli historian and a tenured professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem · 06 Sep 2017Paying people not to work will only increase inequality and rancor. [...] If universal basic income is aimed to improve the objective conditions of the average person in 2050, it has a fair chance of succeeding. But if it is aimed to make people subjectively more satisfied with their lot in order to prevent social discontent, it is likely to fail.
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.
Alec Ross, Former Senior Innovation Advisor to Hillary Clinton, currently running for Governor of Maryland · 06 Sep 2017The 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.
Andrew Gamble, Sir Isaiah Berlin Award for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies · 06 Sep 2017Building 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.
Thom Hartmann, Radio Host · 06 Sep 2017If 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... See More
Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel laureate economist based at Columbia University · 06 Sep 2017You 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
Tyler Cowen, Professor of Economics, George Mason University & author of Average is Over · 06 Sep 2017"Let’s send a check to everyone" is an appealing idea, but I've come around to the view that doing so would do more harm than good. [...] It eventually would choke off immigration to the U.S. Voters don't like sending money to immigrants.
Robert J Shiller, Professor of economics at Yale and Nobel laureate · 31 Aug 2017
agrees Robot TaxA 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.
Ron Unz, Physicist, software developer, entrepreneur, writer · 31 Aug 2017Just as their predecessors of the 1920s always denied the existence of “Jewish quotas,” top officials at Harvard, Yale, Princeton and the other Ivy League schools today strongly deny the existence of “Asian quotas.” But there exists powerful statistical evidence to the contrary. Each year, American universities provide their racial enrollment data to the National Center for Education Statistics, ... See More
Tim Worstall, Senior Fellow of the Adam Smith Institute and writer · 31 Aug 2017
disagrees Job GuaranteeGovernment simply isn't capable of planning what should be done. And we can't just do really simple things because we don't have any really simple things to do with lots of labour. Thus the idea of a government job guarantee just isn't going to work.
K. Eric Drexler, Founding father of nanotechnology · 31 Aug 2017AI technologies may reach thethreshold of rapid, open-ended, recursive improvement before we are prepared to manage the challenges posed by the emergence superintelligent AI agents.
Sam Harris, American author, philosopher, and neuroscientist · 31 Aug 2017It is sobering to admit that chaos seems a probable outcome even in the best-case scenario, in which the AGI remained perfectly obedient. But of course we cannot assume the best-case scenario. In fact, “the control problem”—the solution to which would gu
David Bellamy, English author, broadcaster, environmental campaigner and botanist · 31 Aug 2017
disagrees Climate change is realFor the last 16 years, temperatures have been going down and the carbon dioxide has been going up and the crops have got greener and grow quicker. We’ve done plenty to smash up the planet, but there’s been no global warming caused by man
Hanna Rosin, American author and writer · 31 Aug 2017The Bureau of Labor Department statistics show that the median earnings of full-time female workers is 77 percent of the median earnings of full-time male workers. But that is very different than “77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men
Filter by occupation/university by clicking on the pies: