UBI seen backwards. For the millionth time
First things first, please.
CNN published an article about “robots are coming for your job, too”, andthe consequent need to accept the concept of a Universal Basic Income (UBI). In my opinion, that is one more articles that gets the problem backwards. Here are some quotes to explain what I mean (emphasis mine):
- “When you accept [that robots will take most jobs], then quickly you have to say OK, then, how are we going to start valuing our time?
- “Creating a population that can subsist on a basic income, without work, would end up reshaping how society works altogether”
- “For some, UBI represents an admission of failure - an assertion that most people will have nothing of economic value to contribute to society”
- “We will have to figure out how to be happy with the robots and the automation, because they are coming”
Reality, instead, is that:
- it is very, very, very hard to deny that on one hand, society needs a big reshaping anyway. On the other it is already happening, but not in the best way
- contributing to society? Sure. But the very concept that the only, or main/mandatory way to do it is with the kind of things that are considered of economic “value” today is… hard to describe with polite terms, sorry
- Ethics and meaning of work aside, UBI may be the most realistic solution to the PHYSICAL constraints we have to face today