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Scott Santens

Debunking the Debunking of "Humans Need Not Apply" and More

The fallacy of "the luddite fallacy"

This gif is the kind of imagery that gets our attention and gets us all wondering about what is going to happen to the people who did these jobs now being done by robots.

There are a lot of people wondering about the answer to this question, and drawing conclusions like 47% of all current jobs are at risk of being automated within 20 . . .

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February 11, 2015

New Medium Article: Universal Basic Income as the Social Vaccine of the 21st Century

Can the savings of basic income exceed the costs?

Read the article I published on Medium on February 5th, 2015.

Summary: This article starts with an introduction to how hugely cost-saving vaccines are, especially our use of them to eradicate smallpox. It then asks if poverty could be like smallpox and goes into basic income's potential as a social vaccine to eradicate it, and . . .

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February 06, 2015

Why should adults with kids get more basic income?

The question of child allowances

This is a question that shows a particular perspective in the very way it's framed.

What about this question instead:

"Why should kids get basic incomes too, and not just adults?"

They might look like they are basically the same, but they contain different viewpoints.

Here's the deal. I . . .

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February 04, 2015

The Potential Effects of a Universal Basic Income Guarantee on Student Loans

UBI as Universal Room and Board

good news everyone

Yes, it's true. I actually made this Futurama-inspired image recently to celebrate my life's most recent milestone at age thirty-seven, and it climbed to the front page of Reddit. The fact it was upvoted by almost 4,000 people I think says something. And what is that something?

There are a lot of people out there . . .

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January 30, 2015

If we no longer force people to work to meet their basic needs, won't they stop working?

Acknowledging our one option society

What underlies a question like this is that it's okay to force people to work by withholding what they need to live, in order to force them to work for us. And at the same time, because they are forced, we don't even pay them enough to meet their basic needs that we are withholding to force them to work.

What is a good word . . .

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January 27, 2015

What We Can Learn About Systems from W. Edwards Deming

4 Key Lessons from The New Economics

Japan arose like a phoenix from the ruins of World War II to quickly become the second most powerful economy in the world. This unbelievable feat has been called an “economic miracle.”

Do you know how they did it?

The answer to this question may surprise you. It involves a single American name and a single visualization. The . . .

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January 26, 2015

For Those Who Believe a Basic Income is Morally Wrong

You obviously have very strong feelings of morality, and especially the "rightness" of your own morality, so I'm certainly not about to attempt to change your mind, or to show how basic income can be seen as somehow being moral in your eyes.

However, I would like to ask you a series of questions in response, if . . .

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January 22, 2015

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