Opinions from businesspeople

See all occupations
Open uri20180214 4 10wtwyq?1518628351

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO at Facebook

agrees Basic Income
An entrepreneurial culture thrives when it’s easy to try lots of new ideas. We should explore ideas like universal basic income to give everyone a cushion to try new things. There is something wrong with our system when I can make billions of dollars in 10 years while millions of students can’t afford to pay off their loans, let alone start a business.
Open uri20181005 4 1gew0m6?1538728566

Al Gore, 45th vice president of the united states

As human beings, we are vulnerable to confusing the unprecedented with the improbable. In our everyday experience, if something has never happened before, we are generally safe in assuming it is not going to happen in the future, but the exceptions can kill you and climate change is one of those exceptions.
Open uri20180914 4 keulg6?1536920241

Tyra Banks,

agrees Surrogacy
The best present we worked and prayed so hard for is finally here. He's got my fingers and big eyes and his daddy Erik's mouth and chin. As we thank the angel of a woman that carried our miracle baby boy for us, we pray for everyone who struggles to reach this joyous milestone. York Banks Asla, welcome to the world.
Open uri20181005 4 1gew0m6?1538728566

Al Gore, 45th vice president of the united states

I think that we should ban so-called junk guns. I think we should ban assault weapons like the weapons used here [in Fort Worth], yes. I think that the kinds of weapons that have no legitimate use for hunting or the kind of weapon that a homeowner would use, I think they should be banned, yes, those kind of weapons.
Open uri20180831 4 1e8m9dt?1535727759

Mitt Romney,

Deadly assault weapons have no place in Massachusetts.
Open uri20180824 4 1x2gmcp?1535129268

Sally Jewell,

agrees Fracking
[Fracking] has been done for decades and has the potential for developing significant domestic resources and strengthening our economy and will be done for decades to come.
Open uri20180824 4 ffvzal?1535128041

Donald J. Trump, President of the USA

agrees Fracking
Fracking will lead to American independence. With price of natural gas continuing to drop, we can be at a tremdendous advantage.
Open uri20180824 4 ffvzal?1535128041

Donald J. Trump, President of the USA

I’m a conservative on most issues but a liberal on this one … We must have universal healthcare …We need, as a nation, to reexamine the single-payer plan.
Open uri20180824 4 ffvzal?1535128041

Donald J. Trump, President of the USA

agrees Tariffs
I have just authorized a doubling of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum with respect to Turkey as their currency, the Turkish Lira, slides rapidly downward against our very strong Dollar!
Open uri20180720 4 c3ztb1?1532092523

John Fraser, Australian public servant

The analysis conducted by Treasury and the Department of Home Affairs provides a clear evidence base for the government’s migration policy settings supporting our national interest.
Open uri20180621 4 kutuwf?1529618219

Sheryl Sandberg, American technology executive, activist, and author

Today’s decision from the Federal Communications Commission to end net neutrality is disappointing and harmful. An open internet is critical for new ideas and economic opportunity – and internet providers shouldn't be able to decide what people can see online or charge more for certain websites. We’re ready to work with members of Congress and others to help make the internet free and open for eve... See More
Open uri20180824 4 ffvzal?1535128041

Donald J. Trump, President of the USA

Obama's attack on the internet is another top down power grab. Net neutrality is the Fairness Doctrine. Will target conservative media.
Open uri20180824 4 ffvzal?1535128041

Donald J. Trump, President of the USA

disagrees Electronic voting
It's old-fashioned — but it's always good to have a paper back-up system of voting.
Open uri20180430 4 o6q5zk?1525060358

Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin (400 companies)

Yet, in their zeal for chasing the illusion of a drug-free world, governments have poured billions into tough law enforcement that did nothing to reduce drug supply or demand, or take control from the criminal organisations in charge of the global drug trade.
Data?1526280861

Elon Musk, Founder of SpaceX, cofounder of Tesla, SolarCity & PayPal

What to do about mass unemployment? This is going to be a massive social challenge. There will be fewer and fewer jobs that a robot cannot do better [than a human]. These are not things that I wish will happen. These are simply things that I think probably will happen.
Open uri20180514 4 1pxd6qn?1526281024

Bill Gates, Philanthropist. Founder and former CEO of Microsoft.

I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence. First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent...A few decades after that though the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern.
Open uri20180521 4 10uptxu?1526874973

Jack Ma, Alibaba founder

AI, big data are a threat to human beings. AI and robots are going to kill a lot of jobs, because in the future, these will be done by machines.
Open uri20170328 4 nzun6m?1490732530

Mike Bloomberg, American businessman and politician, former mayor of new york city

agrees Soda taxes
Noncommunicable diseases are a growing global crisis, especially in low-and-middle income countries. There’s substantial evidence that taxes and fiscal policies are essential to confronting this health threat.
Open uri20180406 4 11trg6e?1523033793

Emmanuel Macron, French President

I’m dead against [autonomous weapons]. Because I think you always need responsibility and assertion of responsibility. And technically speaking, you can have in some situations, some automation which will be possible. But automation or machines put in a situation precisely to do that would create an absence of responsibility. Which, for me, is a critical issue. So that’s absolutely impossible. Tha... See More
Open uri20170328 4 nzun6m?1490732530

Mike Bloomberg, American businessman and politician, former mayor of new york city

agrees Health taxes
Noncommunicable diseases are a growing global crisis, especially in low-and-middle income countries. There’s substantial evidence that taxes and fiscal policies are essential to confronting this health threat.
Open uri20180514 4 1pxd6qn?1526281024

Bill Gates, Philanthropist. Founder and former CEO of Microsoft.

agrees Robot Tax
Right now, the human worker who does, say, $50,000 worth of work in a factory, that income is taxed and you get income tax, social security tax, all those things. If a robot comes in to do the same thing, you’d think that we’d tax the robot at a similar level.
Open uri20180423 4 7mvog6?1524470186

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

We live in a country where an overarching story, which is the framework for explaining life, has more or less disappeared. We have a world of unguided and competing narratives, where the only common factor is the inviolability of personal choice, which means that for schools that are not of a religious character, confidence in any personal sense of ultimate values has diminished. Utilitarianism ru... See More
Open uri20180430 4 1oi06v7?1525059303

Amanda Spielman,

Admission 100% on faith leads to increased levels of segregation within communities. I am uncomfortable with anything that leads to increased segregation.
Open uri20180514 4 1pxd6qn?1526281024

Bill Gates, Philanthropist. Founder and former CEO of Microsoft.

disagrees Basic Income
Even the US isn't rich enough to allow people not to work. Some day we will be but until then things like the Earned Income Tax Credit will help increase the demand for labor.
Open uri20180514 4 1z0dvib?1526278308

Jeff Bezos,

And then the jobless.... Is AI going to put everybody out of work? I am not worried about this. I find that people, all of us, I include myself, we are so unimaginative about what future jobs are going to look like and what they are going to be. Humans like to do things and we like to be productive and we will figure out things to do and we will use these tools to make ourselves more powerful. Wha... See More
Open uri20180514 4 1pxd6qn?1526281024

Bill Gates, Philanthropist. Founder and former CEO of Microsoft.

You cross the threshold of job-replacement of certain activities all sort of at once. So, you know, warehouse work, driving, room cleanup, there’s quite a few things that are meaningful job categories that, certainly in the next 20 years [will go away].
Open uri20180514 4 1pxd6qn?1526281024

Bill Gates, Philanthropist. Founder and former CEO of Microsoft.

agrees Vaccines
Vaccines do more than save lives: they can also reduce the use of antibiotics and slow the spread of resistance.
Open uri20180514 4 1pxd6qn?1526281024

Bill Gates, Philanthropist. Founder and former CEO of Microsoft.

I felt sure that allowing anyone to publish information and making it easy to find would enhance democracy and the overall quality of political debate. However, the partitioning you talk about which started on cable TV and might be even stronger in the digital world is a concern. We all need to think about how to avoid this problem. It would seem strange to have to force people to look at ideas th... See More
Open uri20180406 4 11trg6e?1523033793

Emmanuel Macron, French President

I do not believe that autonomous vehicles will exist without any drivers at all. For me, that’s pure imagination. You already have fully automated programs to drive planes. Therefore we technically could have planes with no pilots. But you still have two pilots in every plane. Even if almost everything is automated. That’s because you need to have responsibility, precisely. So what we will reduce ... See More
Open uri20180406 4 11trg6e?1523033793

Emmanuel Macron, French President

Being focused on protecting jobs is not the right answer. It’s the people you need to protect. You do so by giving them opportunities and by training and retraining them again to get new jobs. Don’t block the change because it’s coming and people will accept it. But try to be at the fore-front of change to better understand it and deal with it. Change can destroy jobs in the very short run, but cr... See More
Data?1526280861

Elon Musk, Founder of SpaceX, cofounder of Tesla, SolarCity & PayPal

agrees Carbon Tax
Not paying carbon taxes is like not paying for garbage collection.
Data?1526280861

Elon Musk, Founder of SpaceX, cofounder of Tesla, SolarCity & PayPal

agrees Basic Income
I think we'll end up doing universal basic income. It's going to be necessary.
Open uri20180214 4 10wtwyq?1518628351

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO at Facebook

I'm interested to go deeper and study the positive and negative aspects of these technologies, and how best to use them in our services.
Open uri20180430 4 o6q5zk?1525060358

Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin (400 companies)

I think it [Bitcoin] is working. There will be other currencies like it that may be even better, but in the meantime there's a big industry around bitcoin. You know, people have made fortunes out of bitcoin, some people have lost money out of bitcoin.
Open uri20180406 4 11trg6e?1523033793

Emmanuel Macron, French President

[We need] deeper integration between eurozone states, including a real eurozone budget [and a] a permanent finance minister who leads this executive. This is a democratic responsibility on the eurozone level, and as such it requires maximum ambition
Open uri20180430 4 o6q5zk?1525060358

Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin (400 companies)

agrees Basic Income
Policies like these can help people struggling just to survive and allow them to get on their feet, be entrepreneurial and be more creative.
Open uri20180430 4 o6q5zk?1525060358

Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin (400 companies)

disagrees Brexit
An exit would be very bad for British business and the economy as a whole.
Open uri20180216 4 5hncy3?1518798619

50 Cent, American rapper, entrepreneur, investor, and actor

A little bitcoin anyone? LOL. l know l make you sick but excuse me...I’m getting to the bag.
Open uri20180216 4 1xhgfl4?1518797711

Nas, American hip hop recording artist

[Bitcoin] will evolve into an industry as big, if not bigger, than the Internet. My man Ben Horowitz really opened my eyes to that point. This isn't of the Internet age, bitcoin is its own age.
Open uri20180406 4 11trg6e?1523033793

Emmanuel Macron, French President

Pornography has nowadays entered schools. We cannot on the one hand blame violences against women, and on the other hand close our eyes on the influence that porn, which makes of sexuality a theatre of humiliation and violences against women - who come across as having given consent -, exerts on young souls.
Open uri20180214 4 10wtwyq?1518628351

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO at Facebook

Net neutrality is the idea that the internet should be free and open for everyone. If a service provider can block you from seeing certain content or can make you pay extra for it, that hurts all of us and we should have rules against it.
Open uri20180621 4 kutuwf?1529618219

Sheryl Sandberg, American technology executive, activist, and author

An open internet is critical for new ideas and economic opportunity – and internet providers shouldn't be able to decide what people can see online or charge more for certain websites.
Open uri20180214 4 10wtwyq?1518628351

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO at Facebook

Everyone should be able to serve their country -- no matter who they are
Open uri20180214 4 10wtwyq?1518628351

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO at Facebook

We'll keep working to ensure the integrity of free and fair elections around the world, and to ensure our community is a platform for all ideas and force for good in democracy. The data we have has always shown that our broader impact -- from giving people a voice to enabling candidates to communicate directly to helping millions of people vote -- played a far bigger role in this election [than mi... See More
Open uri20160830 3 zlwxnq?1472586294

Tim Cook, CEO at Apple

We are indebted to all who serve. Discrimination against anyone holds everyone back
Open uri20171015 4 bfg6ow?1508074405

Amber Rudd MP, British MP and Home Secretary

Encryption is severely limiting our agencies ability to stop terrorist attacks. "Real people" don't need encryption.
Open uri20180514 4 1pxd6qn?1526281024

Bill Gates, Philanthropist. Founder and former CEO of Microsoft.

agrees Carbon Tax
The push is the R&D, the pull is the carbon tax. Yes, the government will be somewhat inept, but the private sector is in general inept. How many companies do venture capitalists invest in that go poorly? By far most of them.
Open uri20170531 4 yty811?1496253363

Steve Jobs, co-Founder and former CEO of Apple

Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think
Open uri20180214 4 10wtwyq?1518628351

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO at Facebook

agrees Vaccines
The science is completely clear: vaccinations work and are important for the health of everyone in our community
Open uri20180824 4 ffvzal?1535128041

Donald J. Trump, President of the USA

disagrees Carbon Tax
I will not support or endorse a carbon tax!
Filter by occupation/university by clicking on the pies:
Create a new topic