Accelerating technological unemployment, with increasing numbers of people being displaced from the workforce by automation, is likely to cause growing social disruption and increased social inequality and alienation. These developments strengthen the case for a new social contract, with appropriate social, educational, and economic support for those who are left with no viable option of 'earning a living' due to unprecedented technological change.
This event examined a possible key element of what might become this new social contract: a universal basic income (UBI). UBI is defined as follows: an amount of money paid on a regular basis to each individual, unconditionally and universally, high enough to ensure a material existence and participation in society.
The speakers, Barb Jacobson and David Jenkins, shared analysis and perspective of Basic Income UK, and answered questions on the pros and cons of UBI.
The meeting was chaired by David Wood. The camera was operated by Kiran Manam.
For more details about the meeting, see http://www.meetup.com/London-Futurist....
For more details about Basic Income UK, see http://basicincome.org.uk/.
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