From "The War on Normal People: The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future"
(2018) by Andrew Yang. See my review Here.
Andrew Yang is an entrepreneur and 2020 US presidential candidate (Dem), running on a platform headlined by universal basic income (UBI). He is the only candidate to have made UBI a plank of his platform. yang2020.com
The robots are coming for your jobs, if they haven't already. AI phone systems, self-service checkouts and kiosks, websites, mobile apps, self-driving vehicles, and automated factories — these are all innovations that boost profits and efficiency, and safety, too, while eliminating the need for human workers. And this is just the beginning. As the cost of AI and automated systems comes down in the next decade or two, the cuts will expand deeper into the labor force.
The question is: are these jobs worth saving? Are the soul-crushing, mindless, unfulfilling, depressing jobs most of us work worth us standing in the way of technological progress and innovation to preserve? That question is moot; there is no putting this genie back in the bottle. Forces are now in motion that cannot be reversed, short of a cataclysm that blows civilization back to the Stone Age. The purpose of technology was always to free us from the need to do human labor, to do the jobs we don’t enjoy, and to do them better, faster, and more safely. Universal Basic Income is not the answer to all of our problems. It is a springboard to the real solution: fostering the development of the social, entrepreneurial, creative, and intellectual potential of humanity.
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