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Universal Basic Income is definitely part of the GP platform under Economic Justice & Sustainability
How many researchers on this list are US immigrants? https://aminer.org/mostinfluentialscholar/ml
Tim O'Reilly disagrees: Advanced artificial intelligence poses a serious risk to society within the next 50 yearsFear is not the right frame of mind to think about AI's impact on our society
Been doing it since 2004. Until 2011 I was mostly remote with 1 day a week commuting. Since 2011 I'm fully remote. I'm dreading the day that changes
The only recipe I know for success: great people, the right tools, a mission, analysis of results, and really creative and inspiring locations.
The number one thing that would let more independent artists exists in America is a universal basic income.
We usually focus on employment and production. Yet, much of the world’s population has no realistic prospects of employment, and we already produce more than what is sustainable. Basic income, however, separates survival from employment or production.
We will need to redistribute income and wealth. Such redistribution could take the form of a basic income for every adult, together with funding of education and training at any stage in a person’s life
Carbon taxes are undermined by free trade. If you put a tax on carbon-emitting activity in the U.S., it'll raise the domestic price of (for example) coal. This will provide an incentive for U.S. coal miners to export their coal to other countries, especially China, as they are now trying to do. It will also provide an incentive for Americans to buy more imports from countries where it is still cheap to burn coal (e.g. China).
Masayoshi Son agrees: Advanced artificial intelligence poses a serious risk to society within the next 50 yearsA superintelligence will become a reality in the next 30 years. If we misuse it, it's a risk.
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.
With robotics taking the jobs of so many workers and the only new jobs not paying enough to live on, I think there is no more practical choice than to institute a UBI, and I think it should be tax-free and not means-tested so that people would not be penalized for their own creative efforts at working. Innovation would see a major spike, I'm sure.
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.
If there's one thing that I would like to see, it would be for us to price the cost of carbon emissions
Toby Ord agrees: Advanced artificial intelligence poses a serious risk to society within the next 50 yearsHis current research is on avoiding the threat of human extinction and thus safeguarding a positive future for humanity... He is a leading expert on the potential threats and opportunities posed by advanced artificial intelligence over the coming decades
It will help the government get out of the energy regulation business in the long-run. If innovation drives solar and battery prices low enough, the energy sector may become no different than any other industry in producing limited externalities. Thus the special regulatory consideration it merits will no longer exist.
As a cross-sector and market-based solution, a carbon tax empowers business to profitably transition to the clean-energy economy.
Therefore, carbon credits, carbon taxes, and related schemes are actually more about fueling environmental finance than environmental responsibility. The credits are less about projects and research in sustainable production systems and more about the financial interests underlying the market for carbon credits.
By taxing carbon dioxide (the harmless trace gas which makes the planet greener), the US government would be signalling to the world that it still believes in the man-made global warming narrative. This, in turn, would keep alive the crony-capitalist “renewables” industry in which Paulson, Steyer, Bloomberg and their friends are so heavily invested.
But there should be no doubt that starting from the current zero tax rate on carbon, increased taxation would be desirable
You then offset that [carbon tax] with a reduction in payroll taxes, dollar for dollar. And that's why I was so flexible. It's a tax swap, that's what I was talking about. It wouldn't grow the government, and it would approximate the attachment of these negative externalities to combustion fossil fuels.
The fact that there isn’t any temperature trend whatsoever in the last 16 years is forcing scientists to confront the reality that the carbon taxers are choosing to evade
It is pro growth, pro competition, pro jobs, deregulatory, and it will help the working-class voters that Trump promised to help.
In the GMO debate there are some areas where there are legitimate concerns, there are some areas where the science seems to indicate that this is OK
I think we'll end up doing universal basic income. It's going to be necessary.
Andrew Ng disagrees: Advanced artificial intelligence poses a serious risk to society within the next 50 yearsWorrying 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
The revenue could come from taxes on bads (pollution, for example) or on rents (including land and, above all, intellectual property)
This idea finds support across America’s ideological spectrum in an era when hardly anything else does
You want your government to think more carefully about targeting programmes that help those in need, rather than universal. That’s a trade-off given the budget constraints on the public sector
"Let’s send a check to everyone" is an appealing idea, but I've come around to the view that doing so would do more harm than good. [...] It eventually would choke off immigration to the U.S. Voters don't like sending money to immigrants.
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