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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.
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Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever

Climate change threatens the production of food staples like corn, wheat, rice and soy by as much as a quarter – but a global population of nine billion by 2050 will need up to 50% more food.
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Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever

disagrees Soda taxes
In essence, there is nothing wrong with [sugar], it depends on how your diet is. In some products it makes more sense, in others not. I personally am very mindful of my sugar intake. But I don’t need a tax for that, nor do poor people need a tax for that. Poor people need to be helped not being poor, that’s probably a bigger thing than anything else.
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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.
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Dylan Lauren, American entrepreneur

agrees Surrogacy
We chose to use a surrogate as the way we wanted to start our family, particularly as I was traveling across the globe on a stressful schedule to get stores open.
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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.
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Harold Hamm, American businessman

agrees Fracking
The oil patch pays good. They're decent jobs paying between 50 and 70 thousand a year. Fracking has a big impact on the oil consumption in the United States.
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Willie Nelson,

disagrees Fracking
It's bad for the land, bad for the farmers, bad for the soil. It's just all around a bad idea.
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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.
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Alan Greenspan, American economist

disagrees Tariffs
Protectionism will do little to create jobs and if foreigners retaliate, we will surely lose jobs.
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Bob Corker, Politician, businessman

disagrees Tariffs
As the president taxes Americans with tariffs, he pushes away our allies and further strengthens [Russian President Vladimir] Putin. It is time for Congress to step up and take back our authorities. We have legislation to do that. Let’s vote.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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Barry Diller, American businessman

The Internet came together as a miracle, really. Anyone with a wire can publish, we need to keep it that way.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Malcolm Turnbull, Australian politician and prime minister

I think we considerably overestimate the security of the current paper voting system and we also overestimate the insecurity of electronic voting systems.
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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.
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Jeff Immelt,

There's 330,000 people that work for GE and none of them had a productive day yesterday, none of them had a completely productive day. So my own belief is that when it comes to digital tools and things like that, that first part of the revolution, is going to be to make your existing workforce productive.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Elon Musk, Founder of SpaceX, cofounder of Tesla, SolarCity & PayPal

agrees Carbon Tax
Not paying carbon taxes is like not paying for garbage collection.
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Ray Kurzweil, Author, computer scientist, inventor and futurist

agrees Basic Income
Adopting a universal basic income for all people can help society think creatively with new ideas, develop new industries — and free-up people to work on important future projects. This practical social support program can grow as science & technology rapidly evolve, becoming part of world abundance.
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Eric Ries, Author of The Lean Startup

agrees Basic Income
Even an extremely modest universal basic income could pay huge dividends
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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].
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Ray Kurzweil, Author, computer scientist, inventor and futurist

We are going to have new types of jobs creating new types of dollars that don’t exist yet and that has been the trend. We will be creating more profound music, literature, science, technology.
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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
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Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens

agrees Basic Income
A kind of basic income will be absolutely inevitable
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin (400 companies)

disagrees Brexit
An exit would be very bad for British business and the economy as a whole.
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Khloé Kardashian, American television personality

agrees Surrogacy
I mean, I thought about surrogacy at one point but then it just didn't cross my mind.
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Kim Kardashian, American television personality

agrees Surrogacy
The fact that this is just what we can do these days, I'm like really thankful... Like I'm seriously so grateful for [our surrogate] and that someone is just so like selfless and kind to do this.
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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.
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Jordan Belfort, Motivational speaker and former 'Wolf of Wall St' stockbroker

disagrees Cryptocurrencies
It’s just human nature to jump on the bandwagon, it’s what every great bubble is made of and they’ll call this the greatest bubble of all time.
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Bill Gross, American investor, co-Founder of PIMCO

agrees Basic Income
If more and more workers are going to be displaced by robots, then they will need money to live on, will they not? And if that strikes you as a form of socialism, I would suggest we get used to it
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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.
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Brian Chesky, CEO of AirBnB

The FCC’s vote to repeal net neutrality is wrong & disappointing. A free & open internet is critical to innovation, an open society, & widespread access to economic empowerment
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Mark Zuckerberg, CEO at Facebook

Everyone should be able to serve their country -- no matter who they are
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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
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Pierre Omidyar, Founder at eBay & Omidyar Network

Everyone who takes an oath, puts on a uniform and serves with integrity deserves our gratitude and respect.
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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.
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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
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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
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