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 version is . . .
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 a road trip with . . .
How not to meet humanity's basic needs in our automated future
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 throughout the . . .
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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 million thanks to . . .
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 . . .
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".
Putting humans out of work should be a public relations win, not a loss, and so mankind needs to make sure no . . .
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) . . .