The concept of a universal basic income to offset income lost to automation is gaining increasing support among politicians and business leaders. Opponents, however, fear that that the scheme is not financially feasible and would discourage people from working. But how to tell who’s right without trying it out? In 2017, the Canadian town of Lindsay launched a limited basic income pilot project to do just that. Regardless of where you stand in the debate, you will find Brian Bergstein’s balanced preliminary assessment of the project illuminating.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why people advocate for a universal basic income;
- What people use a universal basic income for;
- How universal basic income can help enhance people’s lives.
About the Author
Brian Bergstein is a contributing editor at MIT Technology Review.