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Cory Doctorow, Writer, blogger, activist.

The 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
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Eric Ries, Author of The Lean Startup

agrees Basic Income
Even an extremely modest universal basic income could pay huge dividends
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Ray Kurzweil, Author, computer scientist, inventor and futurist

agrees Basic Income
Adopting 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.
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Mike Bloomberg, American businessman and politician, former mayor of new york city

agrees Health taxes
Noncommunicable 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.
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Mike Bloomberg, American businessman and politician, former mayor of new york city

agrees Soda taxes
Noncommunicable 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.
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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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Yuval Noah Harari, Israeli historian and a tenured professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

disagrees Basic Income
Paying 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.
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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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Chris Hedges, American journalist, Presbyterian minister, and visiting Princeton University lecturer.

disagrees Basic Income
The oligarchs do not propose structural change. They do not want businesses and the marketplace regulated. They do not support labor unions. They will not pay a living wage to their bonded labor in the developing world or the American workers in their warehouses and shipping centers or driving their delivery vehicles. They have no intention of establishing free college education, universal governm... See More
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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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Peter Hitchens, Author, journalist

And I have little doubt that these schools are generally better than their secular equivalents partly (but not wholly) because they are selective. Selection, alas, is the foundation of authority in schools, and those which have little or none tend to be anarchic, unless they come under the leadership of those rare charismatic heads whose personality is so strong that they could have quelled the Mu... 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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Michael Shermer,

The creationists have also changed their name, this time to “Intelligent Design Theorists” who study “irreducible complexity” and the “abrupt appearance” of life, yet more jargon for “God did it.” This is what ignites my ire about the creationists — their disingenuousness about their religious motivations. Make no mistake about it. Creationists do not want equal time. They want all the time. Their... See More
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Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin (400 companies)

Yet, in their zeal for chasing the illusion of a drug-free world, governments have poured billions into tough law enforcement that did nothing to reduce drug supply or demand, or take control from the criminal organisations in charge of the global drug trade.
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Peter Hitchens, Author, journalist

What I'm in favour of is the clear, consistent enforcement of a 43-year-old law, which has fallen into disuse because politicians, judges and police officers have decided they prefer not to enforce it. I do not imagine my preferred policy would end or solve the problem. I do, however, believe that it would greatly reduce it. If people insist on breaking known and enforced laws, they must, fo... See More
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Graham Hancock,

Indeed, it is well known, and not disputed, that the very societies that attempt most vigorously to suppress various drugs, and in which users are subject to the most stringent penalties, have seen a vast and continuous increase in the per capita consumption of these drugs. This is tacitly admitted by the vast armed bureaucracies set up to persecute drug users in our societies, which every year de... See More
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Johann Hari,

It is true that Britain does not round up drug users and put them on chain gangs and force them to go out and dig graves, as they do in the prison I went to in Arizona. But we do imprison many people for drug offences – and, even more importantly, our drug trade is 100 per cent in the hands of criminals. They are fighting over it the whole time. How many of the stabbings we read of in the paper... See More
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Owen Jones, Columnist for the Guardian and the New Statesmen

Yes, politicians who abandon the failed mantra of the drug war risk the incandescent rage of the Daily Mail. But how many lives have to be lost – or simply ruined – before reality and common sense finally prevail? Rather than expanding the efforts of a disastrous policy, the old failed approach must finally be abandoned.
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Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Former President of Brazil

After decades of overflights, interdictions, spraying and raids on jungle drug factories, Latin America remains the world's largest exporter of cocaine and marijuana. It is producing more and more opium and heroin. It is developing the capacity to mass produce synthetic drugs. Continuing the drugs war with more of the same is ludicrous.
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William F. Buckley Jr., American conservative commentator

The amount of money and of legal energy being given to prosecute hundreds of thousands of Americans who are caught with a few ounces of marijuana in their jeans simply makes no sense - the kindest way to put it. A sterner way to put it is that it is an outrage, an imposition on basic civil liberties and on the reasonable expenditure of social energy.
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Ray Kurzweil, Author, computer scientist, inventor and futurist

We are going to have new types of jobs creating new types of dollars that don’t exist yet and that has been the trend. We will be creating more profound music, literature, science, technology.
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Yuval Noah Harari, Israeli historian and a tenured professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

[M]ost people tend to overestimate human beings. In order to replace most humans, the AI won't have to do very spectacular things. Most of the things the political and economic system needs from human beings are actually quite simple. We earlier talked about driving a taxi or diagnosing a disease. This is something that AI will soon be able to do better than humans even without consciousness, even... See More
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Kevin Drum, American journalist

It’s possible, of course, that a few jobs will still be left for humans: legislators, CEOs, a few artists, who knows? But this is just nitpicking. If 1 percent of the jobs stay around—or even 10 percent or 20 percent—we still have mass unemployment on our hands.
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Amy Webb,

There is a general concern that the robots are taking over. I disagree that our emerging technologies will permanently displace most of the workforce, though I’d argue that jobs will shift into other sectors. Now more than ever, an army of talented coders is needed to help our technology advance. But we will still need folks to do packaging, assembly, sales, and outreach. The collar of the future ... See More
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Bill Clinton,

disagrees Electronic voting
Until we get this [electronic voting] straightened out, every state should go to some sort of paper ballot system.
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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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Mark Ruffalo,

Taking away Net Neutrality is the Authoritarian dream. Consolidating information into the hands of a few controlled by a few. Dangerous territory.
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Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin (400 companies)

disagrees Brexit
An exit would be very bad for British business and the economy as a whole.
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Brian Eno, Artist

agrees Basic Income
The basic income is needed to serve the creative genius of the community (i.e. the ‘scenius’)
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Boris Johnson,

agrees Brexit
A vote to Remain will be taken in Brussels as a green light for more federalism, and for the erosion of democracy.
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Tim O'Reilly, Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media. Investor. Studied at Harvard University.

agrees Basic Income
I completely agree that Universal Basic Income is a good idea. But I think that’s just the beginning of the discussion.
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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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Carlo Rovelli, Theoretical Physicist and Author

How close to thinking are the machines we have built, or are going to be built soon? The answer is easy: immensely far. The gap between our best computers and the brain of a child is the gap between a drop of water and the Pacific Ocean. Differences are in performance, structural, functional, and more. Any maundering about how to deal with thinking machines is totally premature to say the least.
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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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George Soros, Business magnate, investor, and philanthropist

disagrees Brexit
The UK will struggle if it cuts itself off from the rest of Europe
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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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Vernor Vinge, Retired San Diego State University Professor and author

Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will be ended (1993)
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Jeremy Clarkson, Broadcaster, journalist and writer

disagrees Brexit
Britain, on its own, has little influence on the world stage ... But Europe if it were well run and had good cohesive, well thought-out policies, would be a tremendous force for good.
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Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin (400 companies)

agrees Basic Income
Policies like these can help people struggling just to survive and allow them to get on their feet, be entrepreneurial and be more creative.
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Tim O'Reilly, Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media. Investor. Studied at Harvard University.

Fear is not the right frame of mind to think about AI's impact on our society
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Sam Harris, American author, philosopher, and neuroscientist

It 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
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Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin (400 companies)

I think it [Bitcoin] 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.
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Ray Kurzweil, Author, computer scientist, inventor and futurist

The 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 mo... See More
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Bill Nye,

agrees Carbon Tax
So what we want to do is have a 'fee' for carbon dioxide production, and then we will return the fee to the people.
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Alec Ross, Former Senior Innovation Advisor to Hillary Clinton, currently running for Governor of Maryland

The 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
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Francis Fukuyama, Senior Fellow at Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute, political scientist

There 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.
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Jordan Belfort, Motivational speaker and former 'Wolf of Wall St' stockbroker

disagrees Cryptocurrencies
It’s just human nature to jump on the bandwagon, it’s what every great bubble is made of and they’ll call this the greatest bubble of all time.
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Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel laureate economist based at Columbia University

disagrees Cryptocurrencies
[Governments will] regulate it out of existence.
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Jamie Foxx, American actor, stand-up comedian, musician, and talk radio host

Looking forward to participating in the new @cobinhood Token! ZERO fee trading!
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