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Why a universal basic income is not the solution

In the conversation about the social impact of software eating the world, Silicon Valley has been championing one ‘miracle cure’, the basic income. Except it’s not miraculous: it is intellectually simplistic, socially perverse and politically impracticable. Simplicity of use shouldn’t be confused with simplicity of product specifications! The safety net should be simple for citizens, but it doesn’t mean the system shouldn’t be complex: technology can help design complex systems with a seamless user experience…

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