Revisiting the Robot Good News / Bad News

Slide1Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon debate whether AI and automation represent a coming economic boom or meltdown
Which story gets ir right?

Robots won’t just take our jobs – they’ll make the rich even richer

Building Human-Level A.I. Will Require Billions of People

Scenarios for how this might play out

  • Robots take all the jobs (first article)
    • Government pays UBI
    • UBI funded by tax on machines


  • Government apportions robot ownership to population
  • Robot tax paid to populace as dividends on robot profits
  • AI creates huge opportunity for people to train AI  (second article)
    • Maybe this is the beginning oh how we merge with the machines?
  • Universal Basic Robots
    • AI is open sourced and made available to anyone who wants to use it
    • Computer and internet technology continue to be more widely available?
  • Universal Basic Abundance
    • As we get chummier with the robots, we drive them towards being agents of post-scarcity
    • Universal access to the means of producing food and any material goods from raw materials


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About Phil 523 Articles
Phil Bowermaster is a nationally recognized author and speaker. He has more than 25 years experience writing about emerging technologies and the future. As co-host of the popular Internet radio series, The World Transformed, Phil has talked with leading scientists and technologists, best-selling authors, philosophers, filmmakers, artists, entrepreneurs and others who are shaping our understanding of the amazing era of transformation in which we live. Phil helps leaders and their organizations develop strategies for managing accelerating change. He shows how imagination, optimism, empathy, and humor can make all the difference in both understanding and making the most of the powerful currents of change we face.