The Latest Silicon Valley Breakthrough

I guess the rest of the nation might as well face it........we here in this part of the country are just so much smarter than everybody else. As for the business model, I guess they'll make it up in volume.



hedgeless_horseman cheech_wizard Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:50 Permalink

 This study of the effects of ENTITLEMENT has already been done in America on a massive scale...…

They should do the converse study, now, where they see how people behave when the government steals another $1,000 each month in taxes.  What?They already did this, too?Obamacare?Then these people elected Trump?Ahh.I see.

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Buck Johnson cheech_wizard Fri, 09/22/2017 - 14:51 Permalink

So let me see, when or if this becomes something national right then what happens about inflation or hyperinflation that will set in.  I have a better suggestion to have people working and also build up our economy and also our future. Break out all the top secret technology that is holed up in warehouses and company faults start to build our society for one that will be needed in the future.  You know orbital manufacturing of goods and services not possible on earth.  A manhattan project on building a new type of space propulsion technology that can get us around the star system in weeks at most a few months.  Building up our ground and air infrastructure for the future. There is much more but doing this will not only give work to millions but also get us ready for the next leap to interstellar colonization in other star systems. 

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Utopia Planitia Fri, 09/22/2017 - 14:31 Permalink

This is precisely how idiocy like this should be done.  If the progressives have some assinine idea they want to try then they can pay for it and live with the results themselves.  They should NOT get to drag tne entire nation into their cesspool with stupidity time after time after time after time.  Generally they have been utterly unwilling to do things this way.  Perhaps this will lead them to an age of "enlightenment"...  (not holding my breath)

tion Fri, 09/22/2017 - 14:35 Permalink

Has the Bay Area commodified SMUG and cornered the market?  When will the CFTC take action against this blatant market manipulation?

Yellow_Snow Fri, 09/22/2017 - 16:31 Permalink

Totally flawed from the get go...If I received $1000/mo. for life I would make completely different life style changes then if only received for a couple of years.

koan Fri, 09/22/2017 - 17:42 Permalink

Once you become dependent on this, and there's nothing else you can do to make a living because of automation, that's when the hammer drops... "do this or else".

Rhal Fri, 09/22/2017 - 17:51 Permalink

This has been done. Sometimes with surprisingly good results! Not always though. It's worth remembering that giving free food and shelter is how we domesticate wild animals. Look how well that worked out in Chicago's' housing projects.

lex parsimoniae Fri, 09/22/2017 - 19:20 Permalink

60 miles away Sacramento is paying gang-bangers not to shoot people,damn..add it up. WIC, unemployment, section 8 housing and these two new freebies.. kinda deflates my argument that gainful employment and hard work is the way to get ahead in life.

tripletail Fri, 09/22/2017 - 19:54 Permalink

For some money, people can become a data point in a machince learning (ML) algo project. Is that an indicator of how far we've fallen as a people?ML, an enhanced version of statistics, is a predictive analytical joke - as is AI, which has become an umbrella term for every techonolgy invented since the 1950s.Humans are simply too stupid to invent true AI. And that's a deeply incovenient fact!

I Write Code Fri, 09/22/2017 - 21:13 Permalink

They could give it to the old guy in my building who's been living on about $1100/month for the last twenty years, of course he'd probably pass away in shock at the news.

AnarchistRex Fri, 09/22/2017 - 22:18 Permalink

Stupid or a prerequisite for good propaganda?

Such studies give NO EVIDENCE of whether a UBI would work. Simple math and an economics education would tell you that it wouldn't ... but that aside, such studies are only looking at individual behavior WITHIN a NON-UBI economy ... which completely biases behavior and gives no evidence as to the national effects of a UBI.