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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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Prohibition only makes forbidden things sexier!
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Brian Kemp,

Layers of physical security and close scrutiny prevent and detect tampering or other malicious activity. Votes cast are reconciled at every precinct using voter access cards, poll books and oaths signed by voters. These numbers must match. Inconsistencies are investigated.
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Spencer Greenberg, Mathematician and entrepreneur

It’s neat that consumers will be able to request to have their data deleted by companies. I think this is a win for privacy and consumers. I also don’t think this is too onerous a provision or too stifling to business, since smaller startups can handle the (very low volume) of such requests manually, and larger companies can handle (the potentially much larger number of requests) by building simpl... See More
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Spencer Greenberg, Mathematician and entrepreneur

Now [after the GDPR] you’ll be able to get a copy of your data upon request, which makes it easier for consumers to not get locked into monopolies, and allows us all to permanently keep a copy of what we produce in web apps (e.g. our social media posts). I don’t think this is too bad for business, for the same reasons as above, and it’s beneficial.
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Spencer Greenberg, Mathematician and entrepreneur

In general many regulations are ambiguous, which is frustrating to people that run companies, especially small companies that can’t hire a team of lawyers to do interpretations work. The GDPR is perhaps even more ambiguous than average. Having read many interpretations of it now, I still don’t really know how some aspects of it will be interpreted by courts, and some aspects of the regulation migh... See More
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Spencer Greenberg, Mathematician and entrepreneur

Generally regulations are much harder for small companies to comply with than large companies (in that the use a larger percent of total resources), meaning that regulations often push in the direction of entrenching monopolies (unless small companies simply ignore the regulations, creating legal risk as they grow, and defeating the purpose of the regulation). One nice way to help avoid this probl... See More
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Spencer Greenberg, Mathematician and entrepreneur

In some cases companies now have to appoint “data protection officers” who are people that are supposed to do certain activities at the company. As a consequence tons of companies are popping up to provide this service for you (at a potentially hefty fee). I predict that this new industry created by the regulation will be profitable to the companies providing it while adding very little extra prot... See More
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Spencer Greenberg, Mathematician and entrepreneur

As far as I can tell the fees for violations are both way too ambiguous, and also, potentially too high in some cases. They are so high that they could be used to put many companies out of business (a maximum of 20 million Euros or 4% of annual revenue m, whichever is larger). There is as far as I can tell no way to know when a violation is large enough that it would put you out of business. Even ... See More
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Spencer Greenberg, Mathematician and entrepreneur

As with all regulations, companies will immediately look for ways to have the regulations effect them as little as possible. I think that some of the GDPR rules are easily circumventable, in the sense that companies will find ways to easily get around them without providing the corresponding protections that the rules were intended to create. In some cases (insofar as some of the rules are dumb) m... See More
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Spencer Greenberg, Mathematician and entrepreneur

for some types of applications, I think the GDPR may push application creators into making UIs that provide a worse user experience. For instance, if you ask a user for information obviously they know you are going to use this information, but the GDPR wants to to first have users affirmatively consent to using this information they are about to give you. This strikes me as about as annoying and a... See More
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Spencer Greenberg, Mathematician and entrepreneur

what I find most disturbing about the GDPR is that companies all over the world, including small startups, feel the need to comply despite having no operations in Europe! To me, it seems like a terrible precedent to say that any collection of countries can regulate all internet businesses world wide if they accept any users from those countries! It’s not like it makes sense for companies to only f... See More
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Paul Falvey, Tax partner at accountancy and business advisory firm BDO

disagrees Robot Tax
It would be very difficult to create a robot tax as such because, in practice, robots are not easily defined or identified. This is probably why a robot tax is much talked about, but hasn’t been fully implemented.
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Nigel Smith, Managing director of TM Robotics

disagrees Robot Tax
A robot tax is as absurd an idea as a tax on pencils. The bottom line is that robots create jobs, they don’t take them away. The UK government’s recent Made Smarter review on digitalisation in industry concluded that over the next ten years automation could boost UK manufacturing by £455 billion, with a net gain of 175,000 jobs, while reducing CO2 emissions by 4.5 per cent.
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Neil Kinson, Chief of staff at Redwood Software

disagrees Robot Tax
Take the example of the Heathrow Pods. The fleet of autonomous vehicles that deliver you to the business parking at Terminal 5 proudly claim to eliminate thousands of bus journeys. If we were to implement a robot tax on these vehicles, we would create a perverse incentive to sustain particle-emitting diesel buses, rather than zero-emission autonomous pods.

Jeff Burnstein, President of the Association for Advancing Automation

disagrees Robot Tax
Why would we want to put disincentives on companies using the best technology available?
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Robert Seamans, Associate professor of management at New York University

disagrees Robot Tax
The existing empirical evidence suggests that robots boost productivity growth, so a tax on robots would limit that productivity.
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Sanjay Varshney, Professor of finance at California State University, Sacramento

disagrees Robot Tax
If you start taxing businesses for the use of robots and artificial intelligence, you’re not just going to drive them out from the state, you’re going to make it a huge disincentive for them to be anywhere in the state of California. Because they can find other parts of the country and other parts of the world where they don’t have to pay such a tax.
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Thor Benson, Journalist

There is no free expression when you have to pay extra to stand on the soap box.
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By using state funding for religious schools, you are essentially forcing the taxpayer who may or not be of the "correct" religion to pay for religious indoctrination of children into a faith that they fervently disagree with. I am of the belief that all religions are a danger to society so I would be contributing to the downfall of society without my permission.
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Anthony Painter, Director of Policy and Strategy at the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts)

I agree
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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

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.
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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
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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.

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
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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

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
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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
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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.
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Samidh, Facebook civic engagement chief

I am not blind to the damage that the internet can do to even a well-functioning democracy.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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