[ExI] Forbidden Words

Dylan Distasio interzone at gmail.com
Sat Feb 10 19:29:11 UTC 2018

I thought it was the Russians.  Now it's the robots?  If all these robots
are coming, perhaps we SHOULD take a look at continued imports of low wage,
uneducated, illegal workers into the US...

Also, who's pocket is that universal income going to come out of?  I would
assume those of us who are still forced to work because robots haven't
taken our jobs yet.  Considering ALL taxation is a form of armed, forcible
expropriation, I'm not in favor of looking for ways to increase it.

On Sat, Feb 10, 2018 at 1:01 PM, John Clark <johnkclark at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sat, Feb 10, 2018 at 2:30 AM, Rafal Smigrodzki <
> rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com> wrote:
>> "*one more robot per thousand workers reduces the employment to
> population ratio by about 0.18-0.34 percentage points and wages by 0.25-0.5
> percent*. "
> Unhappy desperate people tend to do stupid things, like vote for Donald
> Trump. The number of robots is certain to increase in the coming years, so
> are future presidents likely to be even crazier than Donald Trump?   I
> think the answer is yes unless measures are taken to help people get
> through the jarring destabilization cause by the transition to a robot
> economy. One of the first declared candidates for the 2020 presidential
> election is Silicon Valley executive Andrew Yang , and his primary issue is
> surviving the robot apocalypse
> https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/10/technology/his-2020-campa
> ign-message-the-robots-are-coming.html?rref=collection%2F
> sectioncollection%2Fbusiness​
> Yang thinks the USA needs to
> ​take
>  radical steps or Great Depression-level unemployment and a total
> societal  collapse is certain.
> ​He says:​
>   "*All you need is self-driving cars to destabilize society,  in just a
> few years we’re going to have a million truck drivers out of work who are
> 94 percent male, with an average level of education of high school or one
> year of college. That one innovation, will be enough to create riots in the
> street. And we’re about to do the same thing to retail workers, call center
> workers, fast-food workers, insurance companies, accounting firms.*”
> Yang thinks there should be monthly payments of $1,000 for every American
> from age 18 to 64. I know a idea like that rubs the libertarians among us
> the wrong way and until very recently I would have laughed at such a thing
> too, but AI is advancing faster than I expected so my views can't remain
> fixed. Yang says:
> “*I’m a capitalist, and I believe that universal basic income is
> necessary for capitalism to continue*.”
> ​ ​
> John K Clark
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