Universal Basic Income Is Becoming A Thing In Many Parts Of The World
In the past couple of years, we’ve been hearing more and more about a universal basic income for people living in certain countries. Now, you will probably hear that this idea is for lazy people who don’t want a job and want to live off the government, but the more that AI and automation comes into the fold, the less likely many people will be able to find a job in many sectors of the economy.
Many countries don’t have to spend a gigantic amount of money on defense like America does (Trump just proposed an increase of $54 billion in defense). These countries can focus on bettering the lives of those within their borders instead of worrying about who to bomb outside of their own.
Many countries have already successfully tested universal basic income pilot programs around the world, while others are planned, in progress or eyed for their potential for a UBI pilot program.
The amazing folks over at Futurology have created this nifty infographic which lays out the world map of countries that fall under all of those categories. It seems more often than not that they are successful. I’m interested to see how India could pull this off, but since I’m a few miles away from Ontario, I will likely want to talk to those who start to get $1,320 a month starting in spring this year.
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