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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

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 . . .

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February 25, 2016

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

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