Richard Sutton, Professor and iCORE chair of computer science at University of AlbertaHe 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
Peter Thiel, Technology entrepreneur and investorThiel foundation is the single largest donor to MIRI, an organization founded by the illustrious Eliezer Yudkowsky
Jed McCaleb, co-founder of Stellar Development FoundationBy supporting organizations like MIRI, we’re putting the safeguards in place to make sure that this immensely powerful technology is used for the greater good.
Marvin Minsky, Mathematician, computer scientist, and pioneer in the field of artificial intelligenceThe 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.
K. Eric Drexler, Founding father of nanotechnologyAI 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.
Ilya Sutskever, Co-founder and Research Director of OpenAIIt’s hard to fathom how much human-level AI could benefit society, and it’s equally hard to imagine how much it could damage society if built or used incorrectly.
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.
I don’t see a mass transfer of humanity to Mars, ever. Job one is to keep this planet habitable ... There isn’t a planet B
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.
The SEC's pay ratio disclosure rule is thoughtful, balanced, and carefully crafted to provide companies considerable flexibility and makes accommodations to them in complying with the rule, while giving shareholders valuable new information
Randall Wray, Professor of Economics at U. Missouri–Kansas City, Senior Scholar at Levy Economics InstituteEstimated spending will be 1–2 percent of GDP, with economic, social and political benefits several times larger. Net program costs will be much lower, since spending on unemployment compensation and other relief will be reduced—this program will pay people for working, rather than paying them not to work. The promise of increased national productivity and shared prosperity should far outweigh an... See More
Aldo Giannuli, Political scientist and Historian.Università degli Studi di MilanoCari amici che sognate il rifiuto del lavoro, questa non è la stessa cosa che la liberazione dal lavoro ed è una cultura di destra e tutt’altro che antagonista al sistema. Voi aspirate a vivere con le briciole che cadono dal banchetto dell’ipercapitalismo finanziario, ma durerà ancora poco. E poi, vivere senza lavorare non è questa idea così nuova: da secoli lo fanno padroni e rentier alle spalle... See More
Michel Husson, Economist. Institut de recherches économiques et socialesLes partisans du revenu universel sont ensuite confrontés à une contradiction fatale. Si le revenu est «suffisant» ou «décent», son financement implique de redéployer largement la protection sociale, parce qu’il n’y a pas de source autonome de création de valeur. C’est alors une régression sociale qui consiste à remarchandiser ce qui a été socialisé. Et si le revenu est fixé à un niveau modeste, c... See More
Paul Jorion, Anthropologist. Sociologist. Université libre de BruxellesIsn't there a better way to answer to answer to the concerns of the beneficiaries of Government benefits? Yes of course: by allocating the sums that we could gather for a UBI program to ensure free basic necessities (food, accommodation, transportation, connectivity) - a measure that, unlike UBI, would not be consumerist in its approach and that would therefore respect the environment. Free necess... See More
Alberto Bagnai, Economist and harpichordist. Università degli Studi "Gabriele d'Annunzio".They call it the basic income of all citizens (“reddito di cittadinanza”), but here in Italy we will call it the basic income of the land (“reddito della gleba”, in reference to feudal serfs, or “servi della gleba”, who were linked to the land). We would save characters, and we will be closer to the essence of the reasoning. As much as serfdom (“servitu’ della gleba”) linked the serfs to the land,... See More
Henning Meyer, Social scientist, consultant and analyst. He is Editor-in-Chief of Social EuropePaying people a basic income would not remove the fundamental problem that in the digital economy some people will do extraordinarily well and many others find themselves left behind. One oft-heard argument is that if people want more money than basic income provides they can just work a few days. If the problem is technological unemployment, however, this option is simply removed as the large-sca... See More
Rick Salutin, Novelist, playwright, journalist, and critic. University of TorontoAnd what if the owning and renting classes simply view a BI as another source to be scarfed up through higher rents, charges, privatized highways etc., so it ends up merely expanding the gulf between the rich and the rest?(...) So the GBI just gets recycled back up to those who made it necessary in the first place. The inequality gulf worsens and is financed largely by taxes from people who can’t ... See More
Matthew Yglesias, Blogger and journalistBut why insist on delivering that generosity in the specific form of "here's a make-work job for you to do in exchange for a check"? Why not just hand over the check? That way you don't need to cut as many checks to people supervising the work, obtaining the equipment to do the work, etc.
Joni Ernst, American politicianWhat is most important is making sure service members can meet the physical training standards, and the willingness to defend our freedoms and way of life. While taxpayers shouldn’t cover the costs associated with a gender reassignment surgery, Americans who are qualified and can meet the standards to serve in the military should be afforded that opportunity
Henri Sterdyniak, Ecomomist at Observatoire français des conjonctures économiquesS’il règle le problème du non-recours et réduit la pauvreté monétaire, s’il permet d’éviter la stigmatisation et de supprimer les contrôles humiliants, le revenu de base a un coût financier important, non pas dû à son objectif principal, aider les personnes en situation de précarité, mais à une conséquence latérale, verser une somme importante à tous. Vu ce coût, la crédibilité de sa mise en pla... See More
Christiane Marty, Engineer. Fondation Copernic. Scientific Council of Attac France.La proposition avancée [par le revenu universel] ne contribue à résoudre ni le problème du chômage ni ceux de la pauvreté et des inégalités. Elle s’appuie sur l’idée fausse que le travail serait en voie de disparition, que les protections sociales seraient obsolètes et que nous serions condamnés à vivre dans une société de plus en plus ‘uberisée’
Juan Torres López, Economist. Universidad de Sevilla. Scientific council of Attac Spain.Yo defiendo que el Estado garantice que todos los ciudadanos sin excepción dispongan de ingresos suficientes para vivir con dignidad. Pero no creo que la mejor forma de lograrlo sea la renta básica porque desvincula derechos de obligaciones y supone tratar igual a los desiguales, principios que no comparto, como creo que le ocurre a muchas personas. Porque no tiene en cuenta la individualización d... See More
María Pazos Morán, Mathematician.Feminist activist and researcher. Instituto de Estudios Fiscales.Ha costado mucho llegar a tener algunos derechos básicos, y ahora el neoliberalismo lo rompe todo: el sistema educativo, la sanidad... Dando un dinero a cada ciudadano estás trasladando la responsabilidad desde el Estado a las personas, para que se las apañen como puedan. No tiene sentido darle lo mismo a todo el mundo, lo que necesitamos es un sistema de bienestar completo e integrad
Paul De Grauwe, Economist. Professor in European Political Economy at the London School of EconomicsA universal basic income that has the ambition to ban poverty from the world, is then immensely expensive. That doesn’t need to surprise you. To give the poor (a minority in society) a basic income, you have to also provide a basic income to the large majority that doesn’t need it. This leads to new problems. The working majority receives a basic income that stands loose from labor efforts, bu... See More
Vicenç Navarro, Sociologist and Political Scientist. Universitat Pompeu FabraEstablecer un salario ciudadano cuando nuestro Estado del Bienestar está tan poco desarrollado es comenzar la casa por el tejado. Hay que garantizar que todo ciudadano y residente pueda tener los recursos necesarios para vivir una vida digna y ello implica que el estado debe garantizar que los ciudadanos y residentes puedan alcanzar tal nivel de renta, bien a través del trabajo, bien a través de o... See More
Pavlina R Tcherneva, Economist, Speaker, Author, Professor, Bard College. Research Scholar, Levy Economics Institute.The job guarantee is a proposal that provides greater macroeconomic stability and secures a fundamental human right. The job guarantee would run through the social enterprise sector, which includes traditional nonprofit organizations and emerging nonprofit social entrepreneurial ventures.
Helen Razer, Radio presenter and writerThe reason they adore UBI isn’t to do with their commitment to lift a growing underclass out of poverty; that’s just a bedtime story that helps the super-wealthy sleep. Instead, it’s more to permit spending on their goods by what remains of the American middle class. No one on a stagnant wage can currently buy the things that Musk—and the rest of Silicon Valley—wants to sell them.
Mises Institute, Foundation teaching and researching the scholarship of Austrian economics, freedom, and peaceThis is made clear by taking the argument to its logical conclusion and considering a government proposal that paid one set of workers to dig ditches and the other set to fill them back in. While there would be a virtually unlimited number of jobs that could be created under such a program, there is clearly no value creation of any kind. Thus, a government-mandated job omits the very thing that ma... See More
Dean Baker, Macroeconomist and codirector of the Center for Economic and Policy ResearchA jobs guarantee may be a good aspirational goal, but we have a lot of messy work that we have to deal with first. If the push for a jobs guarantee distracts from this work, then it will be a major step backwards
Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy PrioritiesAre the good, effective anti-poverty programs currently in place fully funded? I’m quite certain they’re not, and thus the question for progressives is what gets us the bigger inequality-and-poverty-reducing-bang-for-the-buck: a dollar to UBI, or a dollar to things like quality pre-school, the EITC and CTC (wage subsidies for low-income, working families), expanding Medicaid, SNAP (food stamps), a... See More
Jorge Riechmann, Poet, mathematician, philosopher, ecologist and political scientist.Todas las versiones de la RB, tanto las de derecha como las de izquierda: presuponen la perpetuación del capitalismo (de un capitalismo superproductivo, de hecho); llevan a una sociedad dual, en una fase en la que necesitamos reconstruir la cohesión y profundizar en la igualdad; se presupone la automatización creciente de la producción, con generación de grandes excedentes; esto choca contra la pe... See More
Dan Golden, Journalist, senior editor for ProPublicaAsian-Americans are indeed treated unfairly in admissions, but affirmative action is a convenient scapegoat for those who seek to pit minority groups against each other. A more logical target would be "the preferences of privilege,"
Rania Antonopoulou, Economist and politicianThe JG policy is a bold and effective alternative. It is a proven policy that mobilizes the most valuable resource of any economy: labor. By providing a framework within which productive activity replaces forced idleness, Greek workers would earn a minimum wage while creating the very goods and services that benefit their communities, across Greece.
disagrees Transgender individuals in the armyThe idea that the American people need to be paying for these types of operations to change your sex is not very wise from a standpoint of economics. I think the president makes some good decisions about making sure that we have a force that is capable
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