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Let robots make us an offer we can’t refuse, for us to allow them to supplant us; perhaps a Universal Basic Income?

Sunday, October 9, 2016 11:39
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Sir, Simon Kuper writes about “How to cope when robots take your job” October 9.
In an Op-Ed I wrote in Venezuela 2012 (before I got censored there too) titled “We need worthy and decent unemployments” I wrote: “What politician does not speak up for the need to create decent and well paid jobs for young people? But, if that’s not possible, and the economy is not able to deliver that on its own … What on earth do we do?” 
And I followed that up with “The power of a nation, and the productivity of its economy, which so far has depended primarily on the quality of its employees may, in the future, also depend on the quality of its unemployed, as a minimum in the sense of these not interrupting those working.”
And so perhaps not only journalists but all other who end up unemployed because of robots too, should require those employing robots to pay a out a Universal Basic Income, as a quid-pro-quo for us allowing these to supplant us. Or if they have better ideas, let the robots themselves make us an offer we can’t refuse.
Ideally that could allow many to operate on the fringe margins of earnings, allowing them to keep busy with what they most like to do.
For journalists the alternative could be to get really creative so as to obtain some ad income from a story that goes viral. Sadly, in that case, the temptations of sacrificing truth in order to gain virality might prove to hard to resist… as we already see happening more and more, here and there and everywhere.
@PerKurowski ©


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