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Scott Santens

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. . . .

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August 19, 2015

Our Paradoxical Economy Courtesy of Technology and the Lack of Basic Income

The question of slowing productivity amidst rising automation

The Fall of Human Labor

The latest numbers are in, and there are now more people not working in the US as a percentage of the total population, than ever in the last 38 years. It's being called the "new normal."

The percentage of Americans in the workforce — defined as those who either have a job or are . . .

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July 03, 2015

A Game of Musical Chairs Over Hot Coals

An analogy about employment and basic income

There's a common belief that people who don't have jobs somehow just aren't trying hard enough, and this belief is therefore based on the idea that there are enough jobs for everyone. To get a job, all one really needs to do is just try hard enough.

"Just go get a job."

The Harsh Reality of . . .

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June 12, 2015

Self-Driving Trucks Are Going to Hit Us Like a Human-Driven Truck

My latest article on Medium

Read the article I published on Medium on May 15th, 2015.

Excerpt:

Just as our roads a decade from now will be full of machine drivers instead of human drivers, a 21st century economy shall be driven by human consumers, not human workers, and these consumers must be freely given their purchasing power. If we refuse, if . . .

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May 15, 2015

Motherboard interview about Basic Income Day

Brian Merchant of Motherboard contacted me in regards to doing a piece about Basic Income Day and the successful campaign I've organized with the help of /r/BasicIncome and our international friends behind BasicIncomeDay.org.

Here's a link to the piece: http://motherboard.vice.com/read/happy-basic-income-day

One . . .

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April 30, 2015

Medium Article: John Oliver, Edward Snowden, and Unconditional Basic Income

Read the article I published on Medium on April 7th, 2015.

Summary: Both discussions of government surveillance and basic income require knowledge of present technology to better understand, and both therefore require simplifications to a single question we can all understand.

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April 13, 2015

"Yeah, but who's going to pay for it?"

Alan Watts answers the BIG question

"Money, Guilt, and the Machine" by Alan Watts

(The following text is what I personally transcribed from the above video originally uploaded to YouTube by AlanWattsLectures of a lecture given by philosopher Alan Watts circa late '60s)


So this goes very deep into us. It goes deep, deep, deep . . .

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April 10, 2015

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