Elon Musk: We need universal income because robots will steal all the jobs

Baku, November 7, AZERTAC

Spacentrepreneur Elon Musk thinks we’ll eventually need a basic universal income because of “automation”, according to

“People will have time to do other things, more complex things, more interesting things,” he told CNBC. “Certainly more leisure time. And then we gotta figure how we integrate with a world and future with a vast AI.”

“Ultimately, I think there has to be some improved symbiosis with digital super intelligence,” the Tesla CEO said.

What will happen if robots steal our jobs? It’s a question that’s been on the minds of both the proletariat and the bourgeoisie since the advent of artificial intelligence. Robots have already eliminated some factory jobs, but even so-called “creative” work is now threatened, with media companies using AI to generate news stories.

“There is a pretty good chance we end up with a universal basic income, or something like that,” Musk reasoned.

Regardless of whether automation replaces human labor, the benefits of a basic universal income would be incredible. The idea that everyone would receive enough resources to be able to survive without working would solve the problem of homelessness and poverty and also pivot our cultural and economic identity. In a world with guaranteed income, we would be just as defined by our leisure as our labor.

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