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Andy Stern, Author Raising the Floor; Richman Center, Columbia University; Former President SEIU

agrees Basic Income
We're about to lose some of the most basic programs we had [because of technology], like Medicare, potentially. I don’t think there's any proof that it's any more politically feasible to hold on to what we have than to build on a big new idea.
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Swapan Kumar Datta, Well known scientist of rice biotechnology

Several issues such as malnutrition and anaemia can be resolved if genetically modified rice is made available for cultivation


Genetic engineering enables scientists to create plants, animals and micro-organisms by manipulating genes in a way that does not occur naturally. These genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can spread through nature and interbreed with natural organism
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Donald J. Trump, President of the USA

disagrees Carbon Tax
I will not support or endorse a carbon tax!

James K. Boyce, Economist

agrees Basic Income
This idea finds support across America’s ideological spectrum in an era when hardly anything else does
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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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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.

Yahtzee Croshaw, Creator of Popular Webseries Zero Punctuation

agrees Basic Income
There's probably a huge amount of problems in the world that would probably be fixed if there was a guaranteed income

Gotz Werner, Founder of Dm-drogerie Markt (Germany's Walgreens)

agrees Basic Income
There has always been someone who put trust in me and said: Mr. Werner, show us what you can do. Exactly the same way the basic income says: We grant you so that you can live humbly but with dignity, and now you can show us what you can do.

Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary

agrees Basic Income
I am really, really interested if he will bring that to bear in terms of some really significant changes to the taxation system that would really help us manage poverty in a brand new way,

Keith Hobbs, Mayor of Thunder Bay, Canada

agrees Basic Income
If you have a basic income, you have a certain degree of self-worth. A set income and a ‘housing first’ strategy would work wonders,
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Pedro Domingos, Professor of computer science at UW and author of 'The Master Algorithm'

agrees Basic Income
In developed countries, we don't let people starve or go without emergency medical care, so we effectively already have a basic income. Let's start by making it less random and inefficient.
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Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia since 2006

agrees Basic Income
The rapid replacement of jobs by machines/artifical intelligence will lead to the need for a Universal Basic Income.
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Martin Ford, Futurist & NY Times bestselling author of #RiseoftheRobots

agrees Basic Income
Basic income can be a solution to inequality and insecurity, not just mass unemployment

Willem Buiter, Citi's Chief Economist

agrees Basic Income
Use the tax-transfer mechanism (e.g. through a guaranteed minimum income for all, or an ambitious negative income tax, public funding of health care and long-term care etc.) to support those left behind by technological advances.
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Ted Halstead, Author, public speaker and social entrepreneur

agrees Carbon Tax
It is pro growth, pro competition, pro jobs, deregulatory, and it will help the working-class voters that Trump promised to help.
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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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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

Darian Shirazi, CEO of Radius

agrees Basic Income
We have a small technological aristocracy and a middle class struggling to catch up with the demands of a more efficient economy. Basic income can bring a baseline and offer freedom to those trapped by our new economy.
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Markus Brunnermeier,

Total health expenses and risk will remain high for individuals. It might also shift the norm whether to work. Work = being part of society
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Robert F. Kennedy Jr, American radio host, environmental activist, author and attorney specializing in environmental law

disagrees Vaccines
None of the vaccines have more than a few months of double-blind placebo testing, which will not allow you to spot illnesses like autism that aren’t diagnosed before five years. Second of all, in most vaccines, for example the Gardasil vaccine, they don’t use true placebos.
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Johan van Zyl, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe

disagrees Brexit
Leaving [the EU] would create additional business challenges ... as a result we believe continued British membership of the EU is best for our operations and their long term competitiveness.
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Iain Conn, CEO, Centrica (owner of British Gas)

disagrees Brexit
It’s very hard to see what we can do to drive competition in Europe if we are outside – that’s why I think we’re better off in.
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Rebecca Evans, Welsh Deputy Minister for Farming and Food

disagrees Brexit
Withdrawal from the EU – and the effect this would undoubtedly have in respect of the CAP – would be absolutely catastrophic for Welsh agriculture.
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Bill Gates, Philanthropist. Founder and former CEO of Microsoft.

disagrees Brexit
the benefits to the UK of being in [the EU], in my view, greatly exceed the benefits of being out.
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Megan Dunn, Australian racing cyclist

disagrees Brexit
Remaining in Europe is the right choice for Britain’s young people, in terms both of our values and our material wellbeing.
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George Eustice,

agrees Brexit
We have an annual trade deficit with the EU in food alone of £10bn so they [farmers] need a free-trade deal.
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Richard Jeffrey, Chief Investment Officer, Cazenove Capital Management

agrees Brexit
Once the exit terms had been negotiated [...], the UK could become a more attractive base for foreign companies looking for an European base. One specific of the economy that could benefit would be financial services.
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James Dyson, British inventor, industrial designer and founder of the Dyson company

agrees Brexit
[I do] not particularly [want to stay in the EU]. I want to keep European free trade and free movement of peoples but I don’t see that we need to be dominated and bullied by the Germans.
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Graeme MacDonald, Chief executive, JCB

agrees Brexit
What is needed is a lot less red tape and bureaucracy … Whether that means renegotiating or exiting, I don’t think it [the EU] can carry on as it is. It’s a burden on our business.
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Anne-Marie Trevelyan,

agrees Brexit
I am appalled that the European Commission continues to treat the British people with contempt. Despite the Chancellor’s best efforts … women will still be charged VAT on sanitary products, and any attempt by the UK Government to zero-rate them could be
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Alan Halsall, National Business for Britain Co-Chairman

agrees Brexit
As a businessman I know how important it is to keep a tight control over costs, but that doesn’t seem to be something that EU politicians understand. If we vote to leave ... we will be able to spend … money on our priorities here in the UK.
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Scott Fletcher MBE,

agrees Brexit
If we vote to remain we will be stuck inside this failing project forever … If we vote to leave we can take back control over trade policy allowing us to do more deals with growing economies.
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Julian Brazier,

agrees Brexit
I believe, as a former soldier and a serving Defence Minister, that the EU makes the people of our country less safe.
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Martin Ellison, Professor of Economics, University of Oxford

disagrees Brexit
Should the vote go in favour of Brexit, the level of uncertainty is likely to shoot through the roof - the future of the UK outside of the EU is surrounded by Knightian uncertainties, the "unknown unknowns" made famous by Donald Rumsfeld
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Arron Banks, Businessman, political donor and co-founder of the Leave.EU campaign

agrees Brexit
Brussels … has taken the grand experiment in state-sponsored multiculturalism and tested it to destruction. The ghettos and extremism are proof this doesn’t work.
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Grady Booch, Software engineer. Developed UML

Might a superintelligent AI emerge? In some distant future, perhaps
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José Manuel Barroso,

disagrees Brexit
I believe that if the UK is no longer a member of the EU, there will certainly be a loss of research funding, a loss of EU and [global] research networks.
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Bill Hibbard, Scientist

The threat level from AI justifies addressing AI dangers now and with significant resources
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Margot Parker MEP,

agrees Brexit
As a Catholic it appals me that the EU imposes huge tariffs on fish, foodstuffs and clothes that are made for example by workers in the poorer countries of Africa. The EU is … preventing developing countries from trading themselves out of poverty.
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Gisela Stuart MP, Member of Parliament for Birmingham Edgbaston, chair of Vote Leave

agrees Brexit
The NHS is struggling to cope with rising demand. If we Vote Leave we will be able to stop our money being spent on EU bureaucrats and instead invest in the NHS so that patients can get the best possible care.
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David Chalmers, Australian National University Professor

An intelligence explosion has enormous potential dangers: an end to the human race, an arms race of warring machines, the power to destroy the planet
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Eliezer Yudkowsky, AI researcher who popularized the idea of friendly artificial intelligence

Yudkowsky 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.
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Cancer Research UK, World's largest independent cancer research charity

The link between acrylamide and cancer has not yet been proven in humans

FoodStandardsAgency, UK department responsible for protecting public health

People can cut their risk, including opting for a gold colour - rather than darker brown - when frying, roasting, baking, grilling or toasting
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François Blais, Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity of Quebec

agrees Basic Income
Basic income is the way of the future.
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Björn Wahlroos, One of Richest Men in Finland and Supporter of Free Markets

agrees Basic Income
We'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
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Mike Bradley, Mayor of Sarnia, Ontario

agrees Basic Income
[I am] speaking out more lately for measures to deal with inequality – such as a basic income guarantee policy – because others don’t.
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Sir Rocco Forte, Hotelier, chairman of luxury hotel chain Rocco Forte Hotels

agrees Brexit
If we went alone it would increase our reputation and clout in the world, not reduce it. The President of China came here because we're Britain, not because we're part of the EU.
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Tim Canova, Democrat Running for Florida's 23 Congressional District

agrees Basic Income
I support a minimum basic income, which was actually proposed by none other than President Richard Nixon and conservative economist Milton Friedman.
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