In Switzerland we are going to vote on a Universal Basic Income later this year.
It’s a polarising debate and from what I’ve observed people fall into 3 camps:
- For: those who think its a fair and simpler system
- For: those who think the world is changing fast and that new technology, robots etc. will make full-time employment for all an obsolete idea
- Against: those who think it’s a distraction and we need to make our current system work.
The against camp is also skeptical of some of the vocal support for UBI coming from silicon valley and the world economic forum – as these are groups which support massive wealth creation benefiting a small elite.
The for camp is citing some similar arguments to Silicon Valley and is imagining a campaign by robots concerned for humanity:
Robots demand for universal basic income as a humanistic response to technological progress
We – the robots – call for an universal basic income for humans. We want to work for the humans to relieve them from the struggle for income. We are really good in working. But we do not want to take away people’s jobs and thereby bring them into existential difficulties.