In 2017, we’ll have some real data available on whether universal basic income is a good idea.
Y Combinator’s Sam Altman is a big booster of the idea of a basic income. Brian Ach/Getty
The concept is simple enough: Governments pay people for doing nothing. In place of state benefits, people would receive income regardless of their situation. Proponents say that such a system could alleviate poverty, and help provide people who are just about managing with a little freedom to escape low quality jobs and access education. As more jobs are lost to automation, the argument goes, a universal […]