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Leland Yee,

It is extremely important that individuals in the state of California do not own assault weapons. I mean that is just so crystal clear, there is no debate, no discussion.
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Steven Chu,

agrees Fracking
[Fracking] is something you can do in a safe way.
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Jerome Adams,

45 yrs ago we began war on drugs that became war on people who use drugs. It stigmatized/penalized; didn't address root problem.
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Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman & former CEO, Google

We have to make them [workers] more productive through automation, through tools. So I'm convinced that there is in fact going to be a jobs shortage. There is going to be jobs that are unfulfilled, and that the way we'll fill them is to take people plus computers, and the computers will make people smarter. If you make the people smarter, their wages go up. They don't go down, and the number of jo... See More
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Andrew Ng, Baidu; Stanford CS faculty; founded Coursera and Google Brain

Worrying about the rise of evil killer robots is like worrying about overpopulation and pollution on Mars before we've even set foot on it - an unnecessary distraction.
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Andrew Ng, Baidu; Stanford CS faculty; founded Coursera and Google Brain

disagrees Basic Income
I do not believe in unconditional basic income because this just encourages people to be trapped in low skilled jobs without a meaningful path to climb up to do better work. So rather than to pay people to “do nothing” I would rather see a new “New deal” where we pay you to study because I think that today we know how to educate people at scale and the society is pretty good at finding meaningf... See More
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Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple Inc, inventor of the personal computer

Fast lanes or “paid prioritization” create anti-competitive incentives for ISPs to favor their own services over those of their competitors. Though Pai thinks paid prioritization would somehow benefit consumers, allowing ISPs to make such arrangements would stifle innovation online and make it harder for the next great streaming service or social network to reach the market. This is not an idle wo... See More
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William C. Dudley, President of Federal Reserve Bank of New York

disagrees Cryptocurrencies
[Bitcoin is] more of a speculative activity.
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Andrew Ng, Baidu; Stanford CS faculty; founded Coursera and Google Brain

FCC's new "net neutrality" proposal is a horrible idea. Will hurt tech startups and users.
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Hal Varian, Chief Economist at Google

agrees Carbon Tax
...there are several good reasons that increasing the gasoline tax in the United States makes economic sense
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Robert H. Frank, University of California, Berkeley, Georgia Institute of Technology

agrees Carbon Tax
Reducing CO2 emissions would actually be surprisingly easy. The most effective remedy would be a carbon tax, which would raise the after-tax price of goods in rough proportion to the size of their carbon footprint.
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Bryan Caplan, GMU econ professor, blogger, author

disagrees Basic Income
The Universal Basic Income is indeed worse than the status quo. In fact, all the fundamental criticisms of the welfare state apply with even greater force.
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Erik Olin Wright, Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin - Madison

agrees Basic Income
A generous basic income would contribute to revitalizing a socialist challenge to capitalism
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Andrew Ng, Baidu; Stanford CS faculty; founded Coursera and Google Brain

Need to time technology well: 2007 was good time to launch iPhone; but not 1993 (Apple Newton) since battery/screen/chip tech not there. Extreme example: Leonardo da Vinci (1480s) invention of helicopters was way too early. Engine technology didn’t get there until 1900s. Maybe 2007 was early for autonomous driving (DARPA Urban Challenge) since AI, sensors not yet there. From ~2015 ecosystem more r... See More
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Andrew Ng, Baidu; Stanford CS faculty; founded Coursera and Google Brain

With so much information now online, a strong work ethic and growth mindset, even more than knowledge, predicts your future success.
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Andrew Ng, Baidu; Stanford CS faculty; founded Coursera and Google Brain

Tech world is used to tectonic shift every 5 years from new inventions. Now tech has infected other industries so everyone has to shift.
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Andrew Ng, Baidu; Stanford CS faculty; founded Coursera and Google Brain

Shameful to discriminate against transgendered individuals in the military. Lets all of us work to help any that're affected find new jobs.
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Masayoshi Son, Founder and CEO of SoftBank

A superintelligence will become a reality in the next 30 years. If we misuse it, it's a risk.
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Andrew Ng, Baidu; Stanford CS faculty; founded Coursera and Google Brain

How many researchers on this list are US immigrants? If not for immigration, the US wouldn't be a leader in AI
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Gordon Moore, Co-founder and chairman emeritus of Intel. Proponent of Moore's Law

The singularity is unlikely ever to occur because of the complexity with which the human brain operates
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Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple Inc, inventor of the personal computer

It's actually going to turn out really good for humans. And it will be hundreds of years down the stream before they'd even have the ability. They'll be so smart by then that they'll know they have to keep nature, and humans are part of nature. So I got over my fear that we'd be replaced by computers. They're going to help us. We're at least the gods originally.
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Andrew Ng, Baidu; Stanford CS faculty; founded Coursera and Google Brain

US govt should focus on accelerating US AI, rather than trying to slow down anyone else.
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John H. Cochrane, economist, specializing in financial economics and macroeconomics

agrees Carbon Tax
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Oona King, British politician

disagrees Brexit
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Bill Harris, Neuroscientist

disagrees Brexit
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W. Michael Blumenthal, American businessperson, politician

disagrees Brexit
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Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman & former CEO, Google

disagrees Brexit
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Hannah Hart, Internet celebrity

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Layshia Clarendon, American basketball player

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Maz Jobrani, American comedian

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Vicki Iovine, American model

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Max Boot, American writer and historian

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Teresa Ghilarducci, American economist

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Scott Aaronson, American scientist, working on the field of quantum computing

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Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman & former CEO, Google

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Kim Polese, American businesswoman

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Paul E. Jacobs, American chief executive

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Susan Bayh, American politician

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Peter Chernin, American businessman

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Esther Wojcicki, American journalist and educator

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David Brock, American journalist

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Maya Harris, American attorney

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Raj Date, American director

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Anita Bonds, Washington, d.c. city council member

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Otto Lee, American politician

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José Huizar, American politician

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Kevin Johnson, American sportsperson, basketball player, baseball player and politician

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Michael Savage, U.s. radio talk show host, commentator, and author

disagrees Clinton over Trump
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