What Do Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking Have in Common?

Apart from being zillionaires and generally considered geniuses?

Congrats if you answered that they all support UBIs. Although if you’re following this blog that answer shouldn’t surprise you much.

So why are all these well-known and well-respected figures suddenly showing their support for UBIs? There are a couple of reasons actually, but overall the mood in Silicon Valley is that with current technological advancements it will be necessary within the next few years. And if anyone knows about the current advances in technology it’s them.

So let’s take a look at some of the reasons they’ve given for this.

Firstly, as we went over in a previous post, increased automation and robotics are making many of the jobs that currently exist obsolete. Technology has always done this, but the general sentiment seems to be that the rate at which it’s happening now is unprecedented and so unprecedented measures are needed.

Even if new jobs are created by this technology it seems unlikely that they will spring up at the same rate as they are disappearing. Also, as Rutger Bregman has pointed out, many of these jobs are likely to be unnecessary and unfulfilling. Wouldn’t it be better to let people find their passions with a guaranteed income than to force them into pointless and unfulfilling jobs?

Also, remember that these days just by existing you’re creating profits for companies. Harvesting your data creates massive profits so it makes sense to tax part of that and distribute it back to the people who are creating these profits. After all, most of these profits come from advertisers buying the data, and they won’t be very interested if none of us have an income to buy the things they are advertising.

Let’s hope that the support of these industry leaders will help both people and politicians understand why a UBI is necessary, now more than ever.

JD

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3 thoughts on “What Do Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking Have in Common?

  1. Totally agree about using the UBI to counter the effects of technology/making jobs redundant!

    As a society, we seem so preoccupied with making sure everybody is working. And there’s a real obsession with being busy and working as many hours as you possibly can. But why shouldn’t we embrace the technology so that we can collectively work less? There must be some sort of happy medium between working ourselves to death and living a life of sloth!

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    1. Absolutely! There might be some people who love being busy but there are many who find it really stressful and detrimental to their health.
      Ultimately we want a UBI to free people up so they can do what they find most fulfilling and they can find the perfect balance that works for them!

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