The speculation is real. Robots and automation technology have the potentials to disrupt jobs or employment in the near future. And acknowledging the fact with no campaign for a solution is more threat to the already existing skew in wealth distribution. For instance, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates are worth more than half the population of the United States.
Universal basic income (UBI) is the idea of distributing cash to the citizenry regardless of their employment status. Billionaires and tech elites represent the major individuals publicly campaigning for UBIs implementation to handle job losses due to automation. Some believe it’s a huge source of encouraging innovation as leverage to free fall while other ideas opine the world is yet to be ready for the scheme after acknowledging its importance.
A few from the growing list of billionaires who support universal basic income
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg called for the implementation of a wealth distribution system referred to as “universal basic income” while delivering a speech at Harvard in May 2017. The billionaire’s idea is that people won’t want to take risks for innovation if they have no potential to recover from failure. He acknowledged that his success is because he was financially secure while growing up. Mark Zuckerberg universal basic income is more like a new social contract and a cushion to try new things for our generation.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk
Elon Musk universal basic income support is derived from future disruption of jobs due to automation. "I think we'll end up doing universal basic income," Musk said at the World Government Summit in Dubai where he also disclosed that robots would lead the world to fewer jobs. Musk dismissed any adverse effect from universal basic income, "With automation, almost everything will get very cheap."
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates
While Bill Gates universal basic income ideology is not negative, the co-chair of Gates Foundation thinks the program should not be addressed as “universal” at the moment as nations are not yet financially ready for the implementation. Countries should first focus on helping a group of people. “Over time, countries will be rich enough to do this. “We still have a lot of work that should be done,” Gates said in a recent AMA, according to Futurism. We should focus on “helping older people, helping kids with special needs, and having more adults helping in education.”
Virgin Group founder Richard Branson
Richard Branson believes that the growing use of artificial intelligence would create steeper inequity in cash distribution, making universal basic salary a necessity. "There is no question, technology will eliminate jobs,” Branson told CNN, according to CNBC. Richard Branson universal basic income approach is a way of keeping people from becoming homeless in the US. AI technology will create a lot of wealth and the least countries would do is to ensure the money is used to keep everybody safe and healthy, that will make universal basic income very important.