In the News (CNBC): “As the global workforce modernizes and low-skilled workers lose their jobs, momentum builds around the idea of a universal basic income, or a fixed, regular payment that all residents, no matter their employment status or wealth, would receive from the government.
“Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of SolarCity, Tesla, and SpaceX, recently declared that a universal basic income was a reasonable next step for the U.S. ‘There is a pretty good chance we end up with a universal basic income, or something like that, due to automation,’ Musk told CNBC. …
“Computers, intelligent machines, and robots seem like the workforce of the future. And as more and more jobs are replaced by technology, people will have less work to do and ultimately will be sustained by payments from the government, predicts Elon Musk, the iconic Silicon Valley futurist who is the founder and CEO of SolarCity, Tesla, and SpaceX. …
“‘This idea of giving people money for nothing is a real adjustment for people. It goes against our basic values.’
“That said, there is currently one privately-funded, short-term pilot program being run by the Silicon Valley accelerator, Y Combinator, in California. The goal is to see how people react in the U.S., says Sam Altman, President, Y Combinator Group. The program gives ‘unconditional’ payments to selected residents of Oakland. The administrators write, ‘we hope basic income promotes freedom, and we want to see how people experience that freedom.’ If it is successful, the plan is to follow up the pilot with a larger, longer-term program.”
My Comment: The problem is that if a person is given a social income, which means that he is provided with the minimum necessary to live on, he will sit in front of the TV and will become increasingly more insensitive, and what is more he will might smoke grass too.
A businessman who lays off his employees has to provide them not only with the minimum necessary to live, but also must employ them and take full responsibility for them and for their social problems. Eventually it will cost him much more than to pay them their full wages.
(CNBC): “Even if provided with regular payments from the government, Ford predicts that America’s workforce won’t give up altogether. ‘The vast majority of people will do more. They will want to work if they can. They might work part time; maybe they can only find a part-time job. That combined with the basic income will be enough. Or maybe they will start a business.'”
Answer: These people will not take on anything if they are not seriously taken care of and if the right society is not established of them. Ninety percent of the world population will be laid off work as a result of robots, machines, and computers taking over and replacing people, so those 90% of the workers who are free have to engage in the correction of man and of society.
We have to occupy them during their work day in a serious manner in studying the nature of human society. We have to learn how we can all be connected to each other and how to mutually cooperate correctly in order to be in harmony with nature. This means that they have to study the wisdom of Kabbalah and no one can escape this.
Therefore, on the one hand, the wisdom of Kabbalah is revealed and, on the other hand, robots are replacing people.
Question: Does it turn out that the allowance is like a stipend given to people so that they will study?
Answer: No, these funds will be given as a salary. At first, the salary can be progressive for those who study seriously and don’t miss any lessons, etc. And those who miss lessons will not get paid.
Thus, we can force people to participate in this process, since otherwise humanity will bring itself to its end.
Question: Is this a social revolution?
Answer: Yes, a quiet revolution which obliges all people to learn what a human being is and what human society should be relative to nature. A person will learn how to live in harmony with himself and with the world around him.
Otherwise, humanity very quickly will come to the point that the streets are full of roaming vagrants and gangs, killing and burning everything around them. If we reach this point no special forces will be able to help us.
Therefore, we have to start the learning process right now. I welcome robotics and the fact that people will be free from the need to work, as Marx also wrote about. But this is only for one purpose: so that we will begin to turn people into human beings.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 11/9/16