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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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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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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.

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

I really think there are two fundamental paths [for humans]: One path is we stay on Earth forever, and some eventual extinction event wipes us out
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Elon Musk, Founder of SpaceX, cofounder of Tesla, SolarCity & PayPal

Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.
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Bill Gates, Philanthropist. Founder and former CEO of Microsoft.

More than 120 retired generals and admirals recently wrote a letter to Congress arguing that U.S. aid programs are critical to preventing conflict and reducing the need to put our men and women in uniform in harm’s way.
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Clive Sinclair, Entrepreneur and inventor

Once you start to make machines that are rivaling and surpassing humans with intelligence, it’s going to be very dificult for us to survive
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Paul G. Allen, Co-founder of Microsoft

Gaining a comprehensive scientific understanding of human cognition is one of the hardest problems there is. We continue to make encouraging progress. But by the end of the century, we believe, we will still be wondering if the singularity is near.
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Ray Kurzweil, Author, computer scientist, inventor and futurist

The existential threat from genetic technologies is already here: the same technology that will soon make major strides against cancer, heart disease, and other diseases could also be employed by a bioterrorist to create a bioengineered biological virus that combines ease of transmission, deadliness, and stealthiness, that is, a long incubation period. The tools and knowledge to do this are far mo... See More
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Elon Musk, Founder of SpaceX, cofounder of Tesla, SolarCity & PayPal

AI potentially more dangerous than nukes
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Bill Gates, Philanthropist. Founder and former CEO of Microsoft.

disagrees Brexit
the benefits to the UK of being in [the EU], in my view, greatly exceed the benefits of being out.
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James Dyson, British inventor, industrial designer and founder of the Dyson company

agrees Brexit
[I do] not particularly [want to stay in the EU]. I want to keep European free trade and free movement of peoples but I don’t see that we need to be dominated and bullied by the Germans.
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Marc Andreessen, Entrepreneur, investor, and software engineer

agrees Basic Income
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Konstantin Novoselov, Russo-british physicist

disagrees Brexit
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Andre Geim, Russian-born dutch-british physicist

disagrees Brexit
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Stephen Wolfram, CEO of Wolfram Research. Mathematica. Wolfram Alpha. Author of the book A New Kind of Science.

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

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James Cameron, Canadian film director

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Elizabeth Holmes, American business executive

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Marc Andreessen, Entrepreneur, investor, and software engineer

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Phil Robertson, American professional hunter, businessman and reality television star

disagrees Clinton over Trump
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Elon Musk, Founder of SpaceX, cofounder of Tesla, SolarCity & PayPal

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Stephen Wolfram, CEO of Wolfram Research. Mathematica. Wolfram Alpha. Author of the book A New Kind of Science.

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Stephen Wolfram, CEO of Wolfram Research. Mathematica. Wolfram Alpha. Author of the book A New Kind of Science.

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Stephen Wolfram, CEO of Wolfram Research. Mathematica. Wolfram Alpha. Author of the book A New Kind of Science.

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Stephen Wolfram, CEO of Wolfram Research. Mathematica. Wolfram Alpha. Author of the book A New Kind of Science.

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Stephen Wolfram, CEO of Wolfram Research. Mathematica. Wolfram Alpha. Author of the book A New Kind of Science.

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Stephen Wolfram, CEO of Wolfram Research. Mathematica. Wolfram Alpha. Author of the book A New Kind of Science.

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

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

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

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

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

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