Open uri20180227 4 1q24qjl?1519758817

Adam Ludwin,

Cryptocurrencies are a new asset class that enable decentralized applications. Decentralized applications are a new form of organization and a new form of software. They’re a new model for creating, financing, and operating software services in a way that is decentralized top-to-bottom. [...] How different? Imagine the following: you grew up in a rainforest and I brought you a cactus and told you ... See More
Open uri20180401 4 1sibcsw?1522621023

David H. Freedman, Journalist: health, science, business, policy & society. The Atlantic, Politico, SciAm.

disagrees Basic Income
Well, there’s the fact that a universal basic income could add as much as $2 trillion in annual expenses to the U.S. budget. Then there’s the question of whether such a program might disconnect large swaths of our population from the positive aspects of working for a living—a potentially toxic side effect. And finally, there’s little convincing evidence that large-scale technological unemployment ... See More
Open uri20180404 4 1ddpe88?1522878055

Claire Connelly, Journalist. Editor-in-chief of Renegade Inc.

disagrees Basic Income
A UBI is an ideological surrender to capitalism. It should be renamed ‘Not My Problem’: because it formalises the complete abdication of the government’s responsibility for employment.
Open uri20180404 4 4155e8?1522880105

Louis-Philippe Rochon, Economist; Editor of Review of Keynesian Economics. Laurentian University.

disagrees Basic Income
By de-emphasizing job creation, this policy actually weakens the power of labour unions, which become stronger when unemployment is low and unionization rates are high. Such labour strength is important in light of weak wage gains relative to productivity gains. Yet, nothing in this policy helps to protect wages. If anything, a guaranteed annual income promotes keeping wages low.
Open uri20180417 4 12thuym?1523952157

Ralph Bolton,

I don't have a problem with the existence of faith schools, but they're selective about who can enter. Thus, I don't believe they should be state funded (certainly no more than the proportion of the local population they will accept). This will encourage schools to both represent their ethos, but also their local population, versus the current system where their local intake can be so small that t... See More
Open uri20180404 4 4155e8?1522880105

Louis-Philippe Rochon, Economist; Editor of Review of Keynesian Economics. Laurentian University.

disagrees Basic Income
A guaranteed annual income is not an end in itself. It should not be viewed as a replacement for a full employment policy. If the purpose is to reduce inequality and poverty, there are other solutions: bringing real changes to the tax system, getting tougher on fiscal havens, introducing inheritance taxes and of course, jobs, jobs, jobs.

Ralph Callebert, History Professor, Virginia Tech

agrees Basic Income
We usually focus on employment and production. Yet, much of the world’s population has no realistic prospects of employment, and we already produce more than what is sustainable. Basic income, however, separates survival from employment or production.
Open uri20170704 4 1rgt1rj?1499184895

David de Ugarte, Economist and co-founder of the co-op Sociedad de las Indias Electrónicas

disagrees Basic Income
The basic income is attractive: it’s individually empowering, it crosses ideological borders, it’s a technocrat’s dream… but it would have terrible social and moral consequences: xenophobia, inequality, and a rise in the power of Big Businesses.
Open uri20170704 4 kwz4va?1499193770

Leigh Phillips,

disagrees Basic Income
The UBI short-cut to more leisure time, less poverty, and strengthened unions delivered up on a platter by a corporate-captured state that has demonstrated for 40 years it is committed to the opposite of all this is a fantasy. If we want more leisure time, we have to get productivity growing again. And to get productivity growing again, labour has to become more expensive. And the only way for lab... See More
Open uri20170114 4 1bi8q13?1484413607

Robert Provine, Research Professor/Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland

There is no indication that we will have a problem keeping our machines on a leash, even if they misbehave. We are far from building teams of swaggering, unpredictable, Machiavellian robots with an attitude problem and urge to reproduce
Open uri20170704 4 zltvk6?1499192828

Scott Ferguson,

disagrees Basic Income
Without an associated public Job Guarantee, the Universal Basic Income is merely welfare by another name: a laissez-faire solution to contemporary social and ecological crises.
Open uri20170129 4 u82mtl?1485693109

Astro Teller, Head of Google X

I’ve been working for over twenty years to help people understand AI and to calm dystopian hysteria that has wormed its way into discussions about the future of AI and robotics
Open uri20170204 4 129j5qc?1486210182

Martin Wolf, Chief economics commentator at the Financial Times

agrees Basic Income
We will need to redistribute income and wealth. Such redistribution could take the form of a basic income for every adult, together with funding of education and training at any stage in a person’s life
Open uri20161101 3 bdkq50?1478021348

Scott Santens, Writer & Basic Income advocate

agrees Basic Income
The question is not if technology is advanced enough to adopt it. The question is if UBI can advance tech. Basic income is the missing foundation upon which everything else should be built upon.
Open uri20171215 4 11e9uos?1513344380

Brad Smith, President and chief legal officer at Microsoft

The open internet benefits consumers, business & the entire economy. That’s jeopardized by the FCC’s elimination of #netneutrality protections today.

Stéphanie Treillet, Economist. Université Paris - Est Créteil. Conseil Scientific d'Attac France-

disagrees Basic Income
La possibilité (pour les femmes uniquement) de retrait du marché du travail grâce au Revenu d'Existenve semble constituer, dans les versions considérées comme « progressistes », la réponse en miroir aux incitations à accepter n’importe quel travail, dans les versions les plus libérales (proches des politiques actuelles de workfare) présentant une allocation universelle comme un outil de flexibilis... See More
Open uri20180128 4 1k3kknj?1517179380

Samidh, Facebook civic engagement chief

I am not blind to the damage that the internet can do to even a well-functioning democracy.
Open uri20170810 4 1m2ybao?1502347362

Jennifer Sims, Captain in the United States Army

From what I have experienced, open transgender service strengthens our military. Enabling soldiers to pursue their gender identity allows them to feel a part of the Army’s team and empowers them to be all they can be. Every soldier deserves to have that experience, including the thousands who are transgender.
Open uri20170705 4 1crjhmu?1499273086

Raúl Carrillo,

agrees Job Guarantee
Aside from the economic benefits, we deserve to participate in society as both producers and consumers. Participation is a premise for both collective enterprise and the self-determination Americans cherish. Even the best education and training programs cannot assure full employment. We need to change the economy, not people.
Open uri20170707 4 1hf6haq?1499419193

Dany Lang, Economist. Associate Professor at University of Paris 13. Researcher at CNRS.

disagrees Basic Income
I don't believe in the relevance of the universal basic income proposal. [...] Personally, it is a proposal that embodies the idea of the end of work, i.e. it will not be possible any more to ensure full employment for all. However, in a society where there are many social needs not yet fulfilled, because the market mechanisms do not manage to satisfy them and because the Government, both central ... See More
Open uri20170831 4 18aqrap?1504188413

Charlotte England,

There is a pragmatic argument for women-only carriages as an interim measure, which is being largely buried by simplistic rhetoric and a disingenous framing of the original proposal. Arguing against the policy on ideological grounds ignores the experience of many women and young girls who are assaulted and become afraid of travelling alone on public transport. It ignores the fact that they feel fo... See More
Open uri20170531 4 ubjuud?1496214818

Tam Pham 📚,

I have nothing against coding. I simply believe everyone should not code for the sake of learning how to code. Many successful entrepreneurs built billion dollar businesses without writing any code.

Anne Eydoux, Economist. Cnam.Centre d'études de l'emploi et du travail.LISE. Paris

disagrees Basic Income
The different approaches to UBI do not escape to criticism: either they don’t mention the gender issue or they more or less defend the idea of a maternal salary, with the risk of stating that the latter would be favorable to women emancipation. Hence, the risk is real – we use as a proof the analysis of a “universal” basic income measure already implemented (education parental income, targeting al... See More

Paul Palsterman, Juriste au service d'études de la Confédération des Syndicats Chrétiens de Belgique (CSC).

disagrees Basic Income
By applying to a fundamentally unequal situation a perfectly equal treatment does not create more equality: it reinforces instead existing inequalities. Far from being fair, it is on the opposite the negation of justice. Regarding social efficiency, we can easily demonstrate that the project has none
Open uri20170706 4 qg2kwl?1499370180

Dmytri Kleiner, Venture Communist. Miscommunications Technologist. Telekommunisten Polemicist. ThoughtWorks Analyst.

disagrees Basic Income
UBI does not alleviate poverty and turns social necessities into products for profit. To truly address inequality we need adequate social provisioning. If we want to reduce means testing and dependency on capitalist employment, we can do so with capacity planning. Our political demands should mandate sufficient housing, healthcare, education, childcare and all basic human necessities for all. Rath... See More
Open uri20170714 4 1mnpue9?1500035151

Darrick Hamilton,

agrees Job Guarantee
The federal job guarantee would set an implicit floor on wages, healthcare provisions, and any number of working conditions that employers would have to contend with if they want to attract workers. It would dramatically reduce the need for a minimum wage. And it would empower workers by removing the threat of unemployment, which leaves the working class with little to no bargaining power.
Open uri20170114 4 lr0pdh?1484413632

Zengchang Qin, Director, Intelligent Computing and Machine Learning Lab, Beihang University

People are worried about the free will of machines. So far, no scientific evidence can support such a statement. Even human beings’ free will seems to be an enigma, let alone that of machines. Deep diving AI researchers have a crystal clear picture of the industry status quo and risks that may not be manageable. The reality is far from what people might think of.
Open uri20170601 4 dqffh5?1496335197

Stephen Nichols, CEO of GameSalad

Who needs to code when you can use visual building blocks or even plain English to describe intent? Advances in natural-language processing and conceptual modeling will remove the need for traditional coding from app development.
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disagrees Remote-work
In general I would rather work in a quiet office near my colleagues. There is a clear separation between work and non-work. Communication is faster and easier, less prone to misunderstandings. This however means something like an actual office or a quiet spacious cubicle with high sound absorbent walls. In his book Deep Work, Cal Newport argues in favor of a "hub and spoke" office layout where ... See More
Open uri20171129 4 2qn11?1511976091

Jonathan Zittrain, Internet Law Professor at Harvard Law School

A social-media or search company looking to take the next step and attempt to create a favorable outcome in an election would certainly have the means. While a propagandistic Google doodle or similarly ideological alteration to a common home page lies in plain view, newsfeeds and search results have no baseline. They can be subtly tweaked without hazarding the same backlash.
Open uri20170518 4 1vcy9tv?1495136190

Christopher Udry, Professor of economics at Yale University

The simplicity is attractive, but deceptive. Coupled with universal health care & tax reform it could work. but we are far from that.

Joe Williams, Running for Congress in Santa Cruz, CA

agrees Basic Income
What basic income does is set a floor, a monetary floor by which no one will fall below. So you want to guarantee that basic income for everybody.
Open uri20161102 3 sgkgee?1478089126

The Kawaii Suite 🌐,

agrees Basic Income
Because I don't have to worry about waking up early in the morning and I value my free time so much.
Open uri20161103 3 1jmrvpn?1478206279

Anthony Painter, Director of Policy and Strategy at the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts)

agrees Basic Income
If you want to incentivise work at every level of income then Basic Income is simply the best system
Open uri20161121 4 9xokj0?1479758632

Chris Boos,

agrees Basic Income
The unconditional basic income is a way of shaping the necessary social change from preservation to new construction so as to become socially compatible.
Open uri20170129 4 wujp6i?1485693121

Denny Vrandečić, Wikidata founder, Google ontologist

There are plenty of consequences of the development of AI that warrant intensive discussion (economical consequences, ethical decisions made by AIs, etc.), but it is unlikely that they will bring the end of humanity
Open uri20170114 4 1o747en?1484413703

Andrew Davison, Professor at Imperial College London

Exponentially increasing technology might lead to super-human AI and other developments that will change the world utterly in the surprisingly near future (i.e. perhaps the next 20--30 years)
Open uri20170114 4 18m1l8p?1484413686

Babak Hodjat, Co-founder and chief scientist of Sentient

AI is no more or less dangerous than any other one of humanity’s inventions, and so far, the verdict on human technology has been pretty positive
Open uri20170114 4 1c5qm68?1484413695

Benja Fallenstein,

Imagine a computer that wants to calculate π to as many digits as possible. That computer will see humans as being made of atoms which it could use to build more computers; and worse, since we would object to that and might try to stop it, we’d be a potential threat that it would be in the AI’s interest to eliminate
Open uri20170129 4 c18064?1485693092

Guruduth S. Banavar, Vice President, IBM Research

Sensationalism and speculation around general-purpose, human-level machine intelligence is little more than good entertainment
Open uri20170114 4 fsosyp?1484413697

Neil Jacobstein, Artificial Intelligence & Robotics, Singularity University

I think we will live in a world that is, frankly, a lot better, cleaner, safer, healthier than the one we live in today

Jeremy Howard, Founder:; Faculty: Singularity University; Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum

agrees Basic Income
The pool of displaced workers will just keep growing exponentially, and the solution is to level the playing field.
Open uri20170129 4 1q52ss4?1485688385

Jim Gilliam, Founder and CEO of Nationbuilder

agrees Basic Income
If we can enable a world of creators, the ROI on a basic income... it's just incomprehensible. It's so big.
Open uri20161101 3 1wlzd4i?1478038405

Vincent Conitzer, Professor of computer science, economics, and philosophy at Duke University

disagrees Basic Income
The idea that recent progress in AI will prevent most people from meaningfully contributing to society is nonsense
Open uri20170114 4 1uszajz?1484413595

Donald D. Hoffman, Cognitive Scientist, UC, Irvine

All species go extinct. Homo sapiens will be no exception. We don't know how it will happen—virus, an alien invasion, nuclear war, a super volcano, a large meteor, a red-giant sun. Yes, it could be AIs, but I would bet long odds against it. I would bet, instead, that AIs will be a source of awe, insight, inspiration, and yes, profit, for years to come.
Open uri20170531 4 yta9sc?1496251331

Kevin Maney, Author and columnist

In 2030, when today’s 10-year-olds are in the job market, they’ll need to be creative, problem-solving design thinkers who can teach a machine how to do things. Most of them will find that coding skills are about as valuable as cursive handwriting.
Open uri20170114 4 frlzfn?1484413587

Bart Selman, Computer scientist at Cornell University

It's a societal risk. Society will have to adapt. How we will adapt is not fully clear yet. But I think it's something we'll have to think about.
Open uri20170706 4 vzzfwx?1499333558

Seth Ackerman, Doctoral candidate in History at Cornell. Editorial board of Jacobin magazine.

disagrees Basic Income
Reducing work-time(...) is enormously preferable, because everyone benefits equally and together. The alternative – reducing the number of workers per capita (with an UBI) – amounts to the creation of essentially arbitrary classes of idle and segmented citizens, whose existence would be virtually guaranteed to divide and embitter the working class to the benefit of reactionary pro-work politics.
Open uri20170129 4 1ns5i6f?1485693085

Chris Olah, Google researcher

We believe it’s essential to ground concerns in real machine-learning research, and to start developing practical approaches for engineering AI systems that operate safely and reliably
Open uri20160618 3 klfek6?1466275281

Mike Galsworthy,

disagrees Brexit
[If] the UK decides to put down immediate and aggressive anti-immigration rules [following a Brexit] … there would likely be harsh renegotiation around Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020 terms of engagement.
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