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Mitt Romney,

Deadly assault weapons have no place in Massachusetts.
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Dianne Feinstein, American politician

Our support for assault weapons ban is very broad...I think we've got all the police, we have all the mayors virtually - the conference of mayors, mayors against guns. We have medical experts, we have virtually dozens of religious organizations of every creed supporting us. We have just lists and lists.
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Ron Wyden, American politician

disagrees Tariffs
Because of the Korean free trade agreement, South Koreans who want Oregon blueberries are gonna see their prices go down because we will be getting rid of a 45 percent tariff on this Oregon product.
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Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator. Investor at Reddit, Stripe, Change.org, Pinterest and many others

agrees Robot Tax
If the robots are creating wealth for their owners, that for sure should be taxed.
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Ron Rivest, Cryptographer

disagrees Electronic voting
We have learned the hard way that almost any computer system can be broken into by a sufficiently determined, skillful, and persistent adversary. There is nothing special about voting systems that magically provides protection against attack... Voting system software may be maliciously designed, may contain bugs, or may be changed or replaced at some point during the pre-election roll-out of eq... See More
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Vint Cerf, Internet pioneer

Historically, technology has created more jobs than it destroys and there is no reason to think otherwise in this case. Someone has to make and service all these advanced devices.
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Sundar Pichai, CEO at Google

I am grateful to the transgender members of the military for their service
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Art Laffer, American economist who first gained prominence during the Reagan administration as a member of Reagan's Economic Policy Advisory Board

agrees Carbon Tax
A carbon tax would attach the national security and environmental costs to carbon-based fuels like oil, causing the market to recognize the price of these negative externalities.
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Richard D. Wolff, Marxian economist. Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

disagrees Basic Income
UBI creates a new difference between those people who work and earn a living and those people who, for wathever reason, don't work but still earn a living. This is going to create two classes of people (...) and for me the big issue is why do that?. I like the idea of community building by not having people that are extremely wealthy or extremely poor, but I don't like this way of doing it, becau... See More
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John Lilly, VC and Former CEO of Mozilla

agrees Basic Income
There was no middle class, then there was a middle class, now we’re back where we started—it’s hollowed out. I don’t see where the middle class is going to come from. You’ll start seeing more conversation about a guaranteed income.
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Tim Draper, Billionaire Venture Capitalist

agrees Basic Income
Giving everyone $15,000 would put everyone on the same level. They could do with it whatever they wanted, but having the financial security of some basic money to live on, would give them the opportunity to work on what they want. Work is everything,
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Sam Harris, American author, philosopher, and neuroscientist

agrees Basic Income
Ultimately we need something like a universal basic income. There has to be someway to distribute this kind of technological wealth more fairly to the rest of the world.
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Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator. Investor at Reddit, Stripe, Change.org, Pinterest and many others

agrees Basic Income
I think it’s good to start studying [basic income] early. I’m fairly confident that at some point in the future, as technology continues to eliminate traditional jobs and massive new wealth gets created, we’re going to see some version of this at a national scale.
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Jane Kim, American civil rights attorney and politician, member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors

agrees Robot Tax
As workers are displaced, the companies should continue to pay a portion of the lost tax into a fund that can then be used for education, retraining and targeted investments in new industries. This modest tax will help smooth the transition for our workers, providing them with better opportunities.
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Ron Unz, Physicist, software developer, entrepreneur, writer

Just as their predecessors of the 1920s always denied the existence of “Jewish quotas,” top officials at Harvard, Yale, Princeton and the other Ivy League schools today strongly deny the existence of “Asian quotas.” But there exists powerful statistical evidence to the contrary. Each year, American universities provide their racial enrollment data to the National Center for Education Statistics, ... See More
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Ilya Sutskever, Co-founder and Research Director of OpenAI

It’s hard to fathom how much human-level AI could benefit society, and it’s equally hard to imagine how much it could damage society if built or used incorrectly.
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Peter Thiel, Technology entrepreneur and investor

Thiel foundation is the single largest donor to MIRI, an organization founded by the illustrious Eliezer Yudkowsky

Hans Moravec, Former professor at the Robotics Institute of CMU, and founder of the SeeGrid Corporation

He states that by the end of this process “the immensities of cyberspace will be teeming with unhuman superminds, engaged in affairs that are to human concerns as ours are to those of bacteria”
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Stephen Omohundro, Scientist, Self-Aware Systems; Co-founder, Center for Complex Systems Research

Omohundro’s research concludes that the drives of superintelligent machines will be on a collision course with our own, unless we design them very carefully.
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Sam Harris, American author, philosopher, and neuroscientist

It is sobering to admit that chaos seems a probable outcome even in the best-case scenario, in which the AGI remained perfectly obedient. But of course we cannot assume the best-case scenario. In fact, “the control problem”—the solution to which would gu
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Hanna Rosin, American author and writer

The Bureau of Labor Department statistics show that the median earnings of full-time female workers is 77 percent of the median earnings of full-time male workers. But that is very different than “77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men
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Jonathan Levin, Professor of Economics at Stanford University

Provocative idea but as stated would cost ~$3 trillion, equal to all federal tax revenue. What about e.g. national defense?
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L. Rafael Reif, President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

I urge everyone to join us in rising to this historic challenge.
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Randy W. Schekman, Nobel Prize winner in medicine

I find it surprising that groups that are very supportive of science when it comes to global climate change, or even, for the most part, in the appreciation of the value of vaccination in preventing human disease, yet can be so dismissive of the general views of scientists when it comes to something as important as the world’s agricultural future.
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Douglas Hofstadter, Professor of cognitive science. Pulitzer prize winner

Life and intelligence are far more complex than the current singularitarians seem to believe, so I doubt it will happen in the next couple of centuries
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Rodney A. Brooks, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, author, and robotics entrepreneur

If we are spectacularly lucky we’ll have AI over the next thirty years with the intentionality of a lizard, and robots using that AI will be useful tools. [...] Worrying about AI that will be intentionally evil to us is pure fear mongering
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Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator. Investor at Reddit, Stripe, Change.org, Pinterest and many others

Development of superhuman machine intelligence is probably the greatest threat to the continued existence of humanity.
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Stuart Russell, Professor of Computer Science at Berkeley

The question is: Could you prove that your systems can’t ever, no matter how smart they are, overwrite their original goals as set by the humans?
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Rishi Sunak, British politician

agrees Brexit
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Richard Morningstar, American diplomat

disagrees Brexit
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Efe Cakarel, Turkish businessman

disagrees Brexit
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Alexander Asseily, British businessman

disagrees Brexit
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Guy Kawasaki, Founded 3 companies. Invested in 10. Former chief evangelist of Apple. Author of thirteen books. B.A. at Stanford University.

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Nicole Gibbs, American tennis player

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Jason Collins, American basketball player

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Jarron Collins, American basketball player

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Reese Witherspoon, American film actress and producer

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Sigourney Weaver, American actress

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Margaret Stohl, American author

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Jennifer Siebel, American actress

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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Pakistani filmmaker and journalist

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Abigail Disney, American filmmaker

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Anirvan Ghosh, American neuroscientist

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Jonathan Eisen, Us evolutionary biologist

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Daniel Drezner, American journalist

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Sam Harris, American author, philosopher, and neuroscientist

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Orin Kerr, American legal scholar

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Colleen V. Chien, American law professor

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Lynn Jurich, American businessman

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Ruth Porat, Investment banker

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