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Paul Buchheit agrees: Basic Income

Lead developer of Gmail, founder of FriendFeed. and investor in Y Combinator

I don't have to work. I choose to work. And I believe that everyone deserves the same freedom I have. If done right, it's also economically superior, meaning that we will all have more wealth. We often talk about how brilliant or visionary Steve Jobs was, but there are probably millions of people just as brilliant as he was. The difference is that they likely didn't grow up with great parents, amazing teachers, and an environment where innovation was the norm. Also they didn't live down the street from Steve Wozniak. Economically, we don't need more jobs. We need more Steve Jobs. When we set everyone free, we enable the outliers everywhere. The result will be an unprecedented boom in human creativity and ingenuity.

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Hector Perez

In this opinion Paul doesn't name universal basic income directly as in https://wtfeconomy.com/machine-money-and-people-money-29b497eeb9d0 , but I found that this one explains well why he agrees. I think we'll have to allow more than one opinion per person on each topic at some point.

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