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Leading thinkers in tech say robots and artificial intelligence will radically transform our economy, destroying countless jobs in the process. Technology could create such a radical shift that there might not be enough work to go around, so a "basic income" will be needed in society. Cooler heads argue that the shifts won't be as bad and the economy will adjust and create new types of jobs. You gotta work to earn your keep. What do you think? Vote now.

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In an interview with Wired, President Barack Obama said universal basic income is one of many topics society will have to figure out in the coming decades.

You’re exactly right, and that’s what I mean by redesigning the social compact. Now, whether a universal income is the right model—is it gonna be accepted by a broad base of people?—that’s a debate that we’ll be having over the next 10 or 20 years. You’re also right that the jobs that are going be displaced by AI are not just low-skill service jobs; they might be high-skill jobs but ones that are repeatable and that computers can do. What is indisputable, though, is that as AI gets further incorporated, and the society potentially gets wealthier, the link between production and distribution, how much you work and how much you make, gets further and further attenuated—the computers are doing a lot of the work. As a consequence, we have to make some tougher decisions. We underpay teachers, despite the fact that it’s a really hard job and a really hard thing for a computer to do well. So for us to reexamine what we value, what we are collectively willing to pay for—whether it’s teachers, nurses, caregivers, moms or dads who stay at home, artists, all the things that are incredibly valuable to us right now but don’t rank high on the pay totem pole—that’s a conversation we need to begin to have.
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Some people in favor of a universal basic income argue that by meeting basic needs, people will be morally better and free to explore what they want to do in life. 

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Skeptics think that a universal basic income would make working less appealing and would disconnect aid from need. The subsidy would be vulnerable to political winds.

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Actually, we do have a choice — one that goes far beyond safety-net details to reach the very heart of state and society. A UBI would pose severe practical challenges, which will be discussed later in this article. But even if it could work, it should be rejected on principle. A UBI would redefine the relationship between individuals, families, communities, and the state by giving government the role of provider. It would make work optional and render self-reliance moot. An underclass dependent on government handouts would no longer be one of society’s greatest challenges but instead would be recast as one of its proudest achievements.
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