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Revisiting the Robot Good News / Bad News

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Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon debate whether AI and automation represent a coming economic boom or meltdown

Which story gets ir right?

Robots won't just take our jobs – they'll make the rich even richer

Building Human-Level A.I. Will Require Billions of People


Scenarios for how this might play out

  • Robots take all the jobs (first article)
    • Government pays UBI
    • UBI funded by tax on machines


  • Government apportions robot ownership to population
  • Robot tax paid to populace as dividends on robot profits


  • AI creates huge opportunity for people to train AI  (second article)
    • Maybe this is the beginning oh how we merge with the machines
  • Universal Basic Robots
    • AI is open sourced and made available to anyone who wants to use it
    • Computer and internet technology continue to be more widely available
  • Universal Basic Abundance
    • As we get chummier with the robots, we drive them towards being agents of post-scarcity
    • Universal access to the means of producing food and any material goods from raw materials

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