Pay a universal income because robots will take all our jobs, says Elon Musk
Elon Musk has said that there’s a “pretty good chance” that automation will entirely replace workers in the future, meaning governments will have to make up for lost wages by paying people.
The billionaire founder of Tesla and SpaceX said that rapid changes to the workforce from automation is likely to force us to introduce a “universal basic income” in which people will have to be supported by a stipend instead of working for a living.
Musk has been vocal in his warnings about the potential downside of the rise of the robots. He has invested millions in OpenAI, a project to ensure that artificial intelligence benefits mankind, rather than destroys it, and last week he said that it was only a matter of time before AI was used to take down the internet.
The idea of a universal income – an unconditional government payment – has gained traction in recent years amid growing concerns about the effect that robots will have on employment.
Customer service agents, builders and leisure industry workers are just a few jobs where opportunities may be erased or severely diminished over the coming decades, and some economists and researchers believe the majority of jobs that exist today will be done by robots in 30 years.
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Musk said this presented an opportunity rather than a threat, however. “People will have time to do other things, more complex things, more interesting things. Certainly more leisure time,” he said.
The billionaire has previously said we need to embellish our brains with artificial intelligence to avoid being left behind by robots. He has floated the idea that humans should become cyborgs if we don’t want to become the equivalent of a pet for robots, backing the idea of a “neural lace”, a new electronic layer of the brain.
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