A Discussion On Artificial Intelligence and Universal Basic Income
Will advances in artificial intelligence make an unemployment crisis inevitable within the next twenty years? The man vs. machine argument is far from novel, but some contend that this moment in history is unique. Is this the latest manifestation of techno-pessimism or will truck drivers and other American workers soon become endangered species?
Failure to reverse unemployment trends with conventional interventions has led in the last decade or so to the basic income idea being taken seriously in policy debates throughout Europe. Recent efforts include the 2013 Citizens’ Initiative in Switzerland and the forthcoming 2017 basic income pilot study in Finland. But is a basic income a feasible, appropriate solution to address the potential unemployment crisis in the United States? If so, how, and why is Y Combinator leading this research?
Niall Ferguson: Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. A weekly columnist for the Sunday Times (London) and Boston Globe, he is the author of fourteen books, the latest book is Kissinger, vol. I: The Idealist (Penguin, September 2015)
Roy Bahat: Roy Bahat leads Bloomberg Beta, an early-stage venture firm that invests in the future of work with a focus on machine intelligence. He is also the co-chair of the Shift Commission, a partnership between Bloomberg and think-tank New America, which is looking at the impact of technology and automation on the future of work and workers.
Matt Krisiloff [via video recording]: Helps lead the Basic Income research and YC Fellowship.
Michael Faye: Co-founder of GiveDirectly and Segovia Technologies and also the co-founder and President of Segovia Technology, which provides software to manage bulk payments and cash transfer programs in the emerging markets. His research on development has been published in the American Economic Review and Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, among others.
Kim-Mai Cutler [Moderator]: Technology journalist and columnist for TechCrunch. Her work has focused on the intersection of the technology industry with broader San Francisco Bay Area cultural and political issues in long-form pieces on housing and racial diversity among other topics. She has worked for Bloomberg, VentureBeat and The Wall Street Journal.
6:30pm VIP Reception
7:00pm Opening Remarks
7:20pm Panel Discussion
8:30pm Event Concludes
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 offered a public forum for thoughtful individuals to grapple with the pressing issues confronting America at that time. In 2016, Lincoln Network will convene Lincoln-Douglas Forum conversations that will help elevate public policy discourse among the technology community in the Bay Area, inspiring more critical and creative thinking.