Universal income vs. the robots: Meet the presidential candidate fighting automation
7 questions for Andrew Yang, the 2020 US presidential candidate pushing for basic income.
But how is he going to do that? I got the chance to sit down with him at the Work Awesome conference in New York yesterday to ask him about his stances on trucking automation, AI policy, and his favorite topic, universal basic income (UBI).
This article first appeared in Clocking In, our newsletter covering the impact of emerging technology on the future of work.
Erin: Why focus on automation and UBI? They aren’t common topics for presidential candidates.
Andrew: The reason why I’m focused on this issue is I’m convinced it’s driving the social, economic, and political dysfunction we are seeing. The reason why Donald Trump is our president today is we automated away 4 million manufacturing jobs in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Iowa, all the swing states he needed to win and did win. And everyone who works in technology knows full well we are about to do the same to millions of retail workers, call center workers, fast food workers, truck drivers, and on and on throughout the economy.