CHAPTER 7

Technology, Universal Income, and the Watershed: A Case for Urgent Planetary Change

Matt Oppenheim

Introduction and Overview

Many acknowledge that planet earth is over a precipice of decline due to several intertwining factors: frightening climate change and irreversible environmental damage; the massive diaspora of refugees of war and water; hyperinequalities between rich and poor and the unrelenting impact of many multinationals on the above. There is an additional, less recognized impact that is an essential part of this equation. It is predicted that by 2020, five million people will be unemployed due to the acceleration of technological innovations that are more efficient than human-based work.[1] Philanthropists, university researchers, ...

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