A universal basic income (UBI) or simply basic income is a type of program in which citizens (or permanent residents) of a country may receive a regular sum of money from the government. A pure or unconditional basic income has no means test, much like Social Security in the United States. Basic income can be implemented nationally, regionally or locally. The idea gained attention in recent years because many people fear that artificial intelligence (AI) and automation will make many jobs obsolete in the near future. Some people also think that an UBI could make society more creative because people would no longer have the pressure to work.
The idea has never been put in place by any country yet, but there have been some experimental trials.
Notable advocates[change | change source]
- Elon Musk, American entrepreneur
- Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon
- Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook
- Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook
- Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter
- Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay
- Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web
- S. Robson Walton, former Chairman of Walmart
- Ray Kurzweil, American inventor and futurist
- Stephen Hawking, British theoretical physicist
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