The Guardian has the article Universal basic income trials being considered in Scotland.
The idea has its roots in 16th-century humanist philosophy, when it was developed by the likes of Thomas More, but in its modern incarnation it has lately enjoyed successful pilots in India and Africa.
Drawing on the experience of similar projects ongoing in Finland, Utrecht in the Netherland and Ontario in Canada, Cooke suggests: “It could be funding from particular trusts, it could be individual philanthropic funding, as we have seen in the States, or it could be a redirection of the existing welfare spend.” Obviously the latter is much harder to do in a pilot, although that will be happening in Finland next year where the experiment is being taken forward by the national government.
This is exactly the kind of experiment I think we need to do. This is one of the paths that society might choose as the solution to automation doing away with the need for most work. The day when nobody has to work may not be close, but we are going in that direction. We need to start thinking now about how society needs to change as we approach what should be a great boon to society.
Thanks to Jared Paquette for sharing this on his Facebook page.