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Scott Santens

"The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct, and immediate abolition of poverty." — Martin Luther King Jr.

About MLK's advocacy for basic income

It is not as widely known as it should be, but Martin Luther King Jr. wrote and spoke about the need for an unconditional basic income before he was killed. Here is a video of him speaking about UBI at Stanford in 1967.

One of the answers it seems to me, is a guaranteed annual income, a guaranteed minimum income for . . .

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January 21, 2019

New on Medium: It’s Time for Technology to Serve all Humankind with Unconditional Basic Income

A speech about UBI

I've just published over on Medium "It’s Time for Technology to Serve all Humankind with Unconditional Basic Income". It's actually the text of the speech I wrote for my keynote at Oredev last November in Sweden.

Because this speech was meant to be heard, I've recorded myself reading it aloud so that an audio . . .

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April 14, 2018

Here's what I said about automated vehicles and basic income at the House of Commons of Canada

Recorded on March 28, 2018

Below is the audio and text of the short speech I delivered to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities at the Canadian House of Commons on March 28, 2018 as an expert called to answer questions as part of a big study they are doing on Automated and Connected Vehicles in Canada.

In 2014, I went on . . .

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March 30, 2018

The Expanse's Basic Support vs. Basic Income

How not to meet humanity's basic needs in our automated future

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The Expanse is a series of science fiction novels that is also now a TV series with two seasons available to watch so far. In this universe, in the not too distant future, humanity has moved beyond Earth to extend its reach throughout the entire solar system. Mars is an independent military power, asteroids and various moons . . .

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September 22, 2017

Basic Income is JUST Compensation

Recognizing what we owe each other

Let's say the cost to produce a widget is $1. What's the cost to produce 1 million widgets?

This may sound like an extremely simple word problem that even some preschoolers could solve. However, if you think the answer is $1 million, you would be entirely wrong.

The cost to produce 1 million widgets is far below $1 . . .

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April 11, 2017

Forget the future of work. What about the future of consumption?

Discussing the future of work is all the rage these days. Some say we're on the verge of the robot apocalypse of jobs. Others say jobs will always be created in sufficient numbers (and at sufficient rates) and that everything will be fine. Regular readers know where I fall on this particular question, that either way, our goal should be . . .

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July 22, 2016

Humanity Needs Universal Basic Income in Order to Stop Impeding Human Progress

My latest article on HuffPost Politics

I published a new article yesterday on HuffPost Politics that they actually put on the front page of The Huffington Post. It's called "Humanity Needs Universal Basic Income in Order to Stop Impeding Progress".

Excerpt:

Putting humans out of work should be a public relations win, not a loss, and so mankind . . .

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April 06, 2016

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