In 2017, we’ll figure out if basic income makes sense

In 2017, we'll figure out if basic income makes sense

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 […]

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