Author Archives: Kate McFarland

Evgeny Morozov on the Bay Area’s Basic Income Movement

The Silicon Valley start-up incubator Y Combinator made international news earlier this year, when it announced plans to fund a five-year study on the effects of a guaranteed basic income. (Basic Income News covered the announcement here.) While this has widely been hailed as a breakthrough for the basic income movement, author Evgeny Morozov takes a critical approach to the

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LOS ANGELES, CA: Second Basic Income Create-A-Thon, April 15-17

The second Basic Income “Create-A-Thon” will be held in Los Angeles, California, from April 15-17. The event will unite “writers, artists, videographers, developers, musicians, and other creatives” for the purpose of creating “content and media around the theme of a Universal Basic Income in the United States.” A similar event was held in San Francisco last November, bringing together 60

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MANITOBA, CANADA: Winnipeg Harvest pushes for basic income

Since March 2016, the food bank Winnipeg Harvest has been advocating for a basic income, which it hopes to be a central issue in the Manitoba provincial election to be held on April 19th. Executive director David Northcott believes that the policy should be considered as a way to mitigate the effects of rising food prices. Reporter Jill Coubrough quotes

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SWITZERLAND: Basic Income would cost only 25 billion, government report shows

Swiss government has released a new report showing the implementation of a basic income in Switzerland would cost far less than it had previously anticipated. On March 11th, the Swiss Ministry of Social Security released a new calculation of the cost of a universal basic income. According to the latest estimates, a UBI would cost the country only 25 billion

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Futurist Gerd Leonhard on BIG

Gerd Leonhard, the acclaimed futurist speaker and author, believes that a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) might be a necessary consequence of increased automation. Last February, Hank Pellissier of the Institute of Ethics & Emerging Technologies interviewed Leonhard on his “opinions and forecasts” regarding BIG. In the brief interview, Leonhard discusses the conditions that he sees as prerequisites for the adoption

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Alternative Models Considered for Finland’s BI Pilot

Last November, Finland’s plans to test a basic income caught the attention of international media. Although the experiments are still some months away (scheduled to begin in 2017), the Finnish Social Insurance Institution (KELA) has continued to make strides in investigating the possibilities for a basic income. KELA has recently published a working paper that reviews the current state of

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Maximilian Sommer, “A Feasible Basic Income Scheme for Germany”

Economist Maximilian Sommer (Katholische Universität Eichstätt – Ingolstadt) has published a book-length investigation into a financially feasible basic income scheme for Germany, encompassing arguments for an unconditional basic income, implementation details, and anticipated consequences of the policy. The model that Sommer proposes is based on a negative income tax. From the publisher’s description: “This book analyzes the consequences that would arise if

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Scott Santens, “Robots will Take Your Job”

Last October, the program AlphaGo, developed by the Google division DeepMind, stunned the world by becoming the first AI agent to defeat a professional Go player — a decade ahead of experts’ predictions of such a feat. Then, in March, AlphaGo surpassed expectations yet again, winning a match against champion player Lee Sedol. In his recent article “Robots Will Take

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Basic Income on BBC Newshour Extra

Basic Income was the focus of the March 5 episode of BBC’s Newshour Extra, a weekly podcast hosted by British journalist Owen Bennett Jones. The episode, entitled “Money For Nothing?”, features a distinguished panel of four experts on the topic: Guy Standing, professor at the University of London and founder of the Basic Income Earth Network; Rutger Bregman, Dutch reporter

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