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Topic for August 2021 - Universal Basic Income

    • 127 posts
    August 19, 2021 12:13 PM BST

    This month's topic is Universal Basic Income – is it necessary or desirable? Our proposed agenda is:




    What is UBI?

    What are our positive and negative reactions to the idea?

    Why is it being put forward? Is it necessary?

    Do the results of UBI trials tell us anything?

    How do the political parties line up?

    How could it be administered?

    Will Artificial Intelligence job disruption make UBI, or some other means of providing income, necessary for those who can’t access jobs.   

    Are there other relevant ideas e.g. Conditional Basic Income or our own P42 National Dividend?

    What are the attributes we would want from an income system?

    What unintended consequences might there be?

    • 127 posts
    August 19, 2021 12:16 PM BST

    The Probaby42 discussion output on the topic of Universal Basic Income is now available at:

    Universal Basic Income

    It considers whether it is necessary or desirable, especially in the context of future job disruption as a result of Technology, in particular Artificial Intelligence.