Elizabeth Truss, http://www.agriland.ie/farming-news/leaving-the-eu-a-leap-in-the-dark-for-the-uk/?If we were to leave the EU, Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK would not be able to negotiate a bilateral trade deal with the Republic of Ireland. Northern Ireland’s farmers would have no certainty on cross trade arrangements.
Alex Chesterman, British internet entrepreneur who founded the property website Zoopla in 2007.We have benefited from access to both capital and talent as part of the EU and leaving would create both economic and political uncertainty, which could have a material impact on our currency, borrowing rates, house prices and wider consumer prices.
Nadhim Zahawi, Member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee and MP for Stratford On Avon.If we take the option to seize control and vote to leave the European Union, we can create a well-targeted, agile regulatory system that provides protection for consumers while avoiding unnecessarily tying up our SMEs in red tape.
Sir Paul Collier, Professor of economics and public policy at the University of OxfordI don’t see the big benefits of leaving - I see a lot of risks. Some international businesses would just decided that Britain was not a good place to locate… that would cost us jobs and tax revenues and that, in turn, would hit ordinary families.
Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies at Oxford UniversityFaced with rising superpowers like China... as well as old ones like Russia, clearly 500 million people have a lot more clout than just us… [leaving] would make Europe much weaker… Vladimir Putin would be laughing all the way to the rest of the Ukraine.
Matt Ridley, Journalist, businessman and a Conservative member of the House of Lords.Harmonising standards is good but doing so at the regional level makes no sense. In fintech, in ag-tech, in digital, in biotech – the action is at the global level, where our voice is just 1/28th of a seat. We could be chairing these bodies.
Chuka Umunna, Labour Member of Parliament for Streatham, former shadow business secretaryThe European Union through our membership of the single market helps ensure that people can access opportunities that otherwise they would not be able to access and for me that is the thing that seals the argument.
Dominic Cummings, Campaign director for Vote Leave and former government adviserThe EU has… narrowed everyone’s horizons in Whitehall so they’re not thinking about the big things in the world… They are constantly trying to stay one step ahead of the lawyers… how to avoid getting poleaxed at the next meeting in Brussels.
Alistair Spalding, Chief executive of Sadler’s Wells theatre in LondonThere would be the nightmare of visa and work permit applications that we have to do… we would have to bring in more staff to deal with it… Honestly, I don’t think people really understand what a nightmare... leaving Europe [would be].
Yanis Varoufakis, Former finance minister of Greece, is Professor of Economics at the University of AthensA simple policy would be to enact legislation requiring that a percentage of capital stock (shares) from every initial public offering (IPO) be channeled into a Commons Capital Depository, with the associated dividends funding a universal basic dividend
Andrew Ng, Baidu; Stanford CS faculty; founded Coursera and Google BrainUS govt should focus on accelerating US AI, rather than trying to slow down anyone else.
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.
I do think we will get ever precise capabilities in strictly defined systems (autonomous driving) where most of the hairiest and ambiguous rules will be ratified or voted on, but i don't see an "intelligent" brain anywhere around the corner
Aubrey de Grey, GerontologistLet's think hard now about the rights of thinking machines, so that well before recursive self-improvement arrives we can test our conclusions in the real world with machines that are only slightly aware of their goals. If, as I predict, we thereby discover that our best effort at such ethics fails utterly even at that early stage, maybe such work will cease.
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
David Chalmers, Australian National University ProfessorAn intelligence explosion has enormous potential dangers: an end to the human race, an arms race of warring machines, the power to destroy the planet
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.
Cancer Research UK, World's largest independent cancer research charityThe link between acrylamide and cancer has not yet been proven in humans
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
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
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 si... See More
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?
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... See More
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 t... See More
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,
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.
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