Mass unemployment because of globalisation – then who pays for universal basic income?

With the greatest respect – what is the point of Artificial Intelligence if it becomes SuperIntelligent and robots take over everything – what is the point then of Universal Basic Income? Are we facing the possibility of a new Holocaust?

  • Most food is grown, picked, transported and manufactured by men and women.
  • Almost everything else is mined, grown, cut down, transported and manufactured by men and women.
  • Children are made, cared for, educated by men and women over their whole lives.
  • Shops are manned by ordinary workers.
  • People buy things in shops.
  • People work in offices, factories, in ships and aircraft.
  • We make things and produce services.

…this is not going to change very fast, but we do know that robots can do a few things together with us but they are expensive and cannot replace us completely because then there would be nothing to do…

… if we have nothing to do and no income, then what happens, do the remaining rich folks pay for our upkeep of do they order the the robots get rid of us?

… I am not sure that it is a good thing that we allow robots to wipe us ordinary humans off the face of the earth…

Is universal basic income the first step towards an Uber-like situation where the biggest and richest start bullying the rest of us to accept something that we see as being illegal?

Universal basic income must be based on doing something useful – like retraining, learning new skills, setting up a company…

To give taxpayer’s money without demanding something in return is so foolish that I really wonder what these do-gooders are thinking. We already know that normal people normally procrastinate before being forced to act.

Have you ever thought about Singapore and other hard-working countries where unemployment benefits and social support are not handed out like this. There is a clear logic and hard-headed policy and almost no unemployment.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) sounds scary, and it is if you read the latest books from people who have spent a great deal of time thinking and writing about this.

Just read SupperIntelligence by Nick Bostrom…

Even though we want to stop holocausts from happening to humankind again, it seems that the march of AI has its own path that at some point cannot be stopped…

We can pretend that we can trust the US, China, and other big countries to be careful with things dangerous to mankind, but Israel and a few other small countries have the Atomic Bomb too…

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