Obama: In the Age of Autonomy, Universal Basic Income Will Enter Our Debates

Obama Talks AI and UBI In a recent interview with Wired editor-in-chief Scott Dadich and MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito, President Barack Obama discussed the importance of exploring the concept of universal basic income (UBI) as it relates to the rise of technology and artificial intelligence (AI). AI could fundamentally change employment in the future, and Obama notes that is already ingrained in our daily lives in more ways than we could imagine, citing the medical and transportation industries at the forefront. And while AI is inevitably poised to create a more productive system and possibly a more efficient economy, he’s also quick to mention that there could be downsides in terms of eliminating jobs, increasing inequality, and suppressing wages. When asked about the future of Universal Basic Income…


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