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Scott Santens

What YouTube and Star Wars Fans Are Showing Us About the Future of Work

A New New Hope

I was recently invited to take part in a panel at the Brookings Institution about the future of work in light of accelerating technological advances, and during that panel (which is now available on YouTube) (and also independently filmed by a YouTuber) I mentioned YouTube as an example of the kind of work I see right now that is new to this . . .

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October 31, 2015

You can register to watch my panel live at the Brookings Institute

Webcast information

I will be part of a panel at Brookings tomorrow, Oct 26, at 3pm in Washington, DC. For those interested in watching it, it will be live streamed online. Here's the link to use to register for the webcast. My fellow panelist will be Nick Hanauer.

Topic for panel:

The modern workforce is changing in response to rapidly emerging . . .

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October 25, 2015

Universal Basic Income Will Likely Increase Social Cohesion

New on HuffPost Science

My latest piece on Huffington Post is available to read and share, titled "Universal Basic Income Will Likely Increase Social Cohesion". It's about the observed pro-social and community building effects of unconditionally increasing people's incomes.

Excerpt:

I think we should avoid letting our ideologies inform our . . .

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October 22, 2015

Jobs, Work, and Universal Basic Income

a world without jobs ≠ a world without work

I recently spoke at the first World Summit on Technological Unemployment that took place in the Time Life Building in New York City on September 29, 2015. I was not the only one. Very well known names like Robert Reich and Joseph Stiglitz were also there to speak, and others just as well known like Larry Summers and John Markoff spoke via . . .

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Posted in: bullshit jobs

October 06, 2015

One Happy Story - The Citizens Basic Income

A story about the universal basic income law in Brazil

When I met Senator Eduardo Suplicy of Brazil earlier this year at the NABIG15 Congress in New York, he handed me and many others there this cute little children's book about basic income in Brazil.

For those who aren't aware, Brazil is the first country to pass basic income into law, and did so back in 2004. They just haven't . . .

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Posted in: videobrazil

September 21, 2015

Everything You Think You Know About The History and Future of Jobs Is Likely Wrong

The effects of technology on job creation/destruction by skill level

"47 Percent..."

That's the highly cited estimate out of Oxford by Frey and Osbourne of the percentage of existing jobs that are likely to be automated away with the help of technology within the next two decades. According to this paper, flip a coin and call heads or machines to see if your job will exist in 20 years. This is . . .

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August 19, 2015

The Huffington Post: Minimum Wages vs. Universal Basic Income

My latest HuffPo piece

My latest piece on Huffington Post is available to read and share, titled "Minimum Wages vs. Universal Basic Income"

Excerpt:

Because basic income provides an income floor, there's no longer any reason to keep any of these bureaucracy-filled ways of easing but never ending poverty. Instead, poverty would be gone. And because . . .

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August 11, 2015

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