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Scott Santens

Inequality and the Basic Income Guarantee

My latest article on Medium

I published a new article today on Medium. It's called "Inequality and the Basic Income Guarantee", and it's actually the essay I contributed to the book "What do we do about inequality?". Kindle owners, you can get the full book now on Amazon.

Excerpt:

This essay contributes to the discussion of inequality by . . .

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February 26, 2016

Robots Will Take Your Jobs

My article in the Ideas section of the Boston Globe

My first ever article to be published in the Boston Globe is now available online. It's titled "Robots Will Take Your Job". For those in and around the Boston area, this story will also be in the Sunday print edition on February 28th. So please pick up a copy if you can.

In it I explain how quickly artificial intelligence (AI) . . .

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February 25, 2016

The Disproportionate Effects of a Universal Basic Income

Can UBI function as reparations?

One very interesting but not so easy to understand element of universal basic income is how it disproportionately helps traditionally marginalized groups more than anyone else.

That sentence alone may be confusing. If everyone gets the same amount, how can one group benefit more than another group? Isn't the result really just . . .

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February 13, 2016

Basic Income Observations Log: Entry One

The Importance of Security

If you're reading this as a subscriber to my blog or as one of my followers on Twitter or Facebook, you likely already know this, but if you're new to my writing, you may not yet know that I have a crowdfunded basic income through Patreon. Beginning my campaign for $1,000 per month in late 2014, I reached that goal at the end of 2015, . . .

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January 21, 2016

Robin Hoodwinked: How Billion Dollar Powerballs Reflect 21st Century Inequality

New feature-length article on Medium

My latest longform piece on Medium is now available to read and it's titled "Robin Hoodwinked: How Billion Dollar Powerballs Reflect 21st Century Inequality".

Introduction:

Back in 2015, I drove past the same sign I drive past daily, but looked at it with fresh eyes. It was a Powerball sign and it suddenly struck me how it was . . .

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January 19, 2016

Who Wants a Free Sample of Basic Income?

"My Basic Income" raffling in Germany, The Netherlands, and Now the United States

One thing I've learned so far in observing the world increasingly discuss the idea of basic income, is that this discussion, as is true with any discussion, can be like the Telephone Game. A reported fact can be tweeted, blogged, shared, re-reported, re-blogged,re-shared, and suddenly the world is talking like the first person said . . .

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January 06, 2016

The Science Behind Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

On Huffington Post Science

My latest piece on Huffington Post is available to read and share, titled "The Science Behind Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol".

Introduction:

First published in 1843, A Christmas Carol is a timeless story that we have cherished ever since, especially during the holidays. The tale by Charles Dickens has been adapted and . . .

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December 21, 2015

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