The president of SwissICT, Thomas Flatt is in favor of unconditional basic income (referendum on June 5th):
Computer scientists have finally arrived in the real world. We're now part of the establishment. Not only are our representatives suddenly present in parliament, we were also present at the WEF (World Economic Forum). Plus, the main subject of the forum were our very own inventions. Like always, bad news sells better than good news. That's why recently we've seen a lot of headlines stating that in the next few years 5 million jobs will be lost in the industrialized world. This study is rather conservative though, since others estimate that in the next 10 to 20 years we'll loose about 50% of our jobs.
However IT (Information Technology) also creates new jobs, many in fact. That's at least what our optimists say. Sure, IT will create new jobs and it'll be easy to train all the dismissed taxi drivers, industrial workers, and call-center workers into robot specialists and software developers. It's even easier than the job-search for a 50 year old computer scientist. But let's not fall into pessimism. We've survived the invention of electricity, of the steam engine, of the railway, of cars and of many other inventions. Industries and jobs came and went and were replaced by new ones. The same thing will happen this time - or will it? Either way, the winners will be those who anticipate what might happen in 5 to 10 years, and those who prepare their goods and services for this world of tomorrow. [+]
An unconditional basic income (UBI) for everyone, the subject of a popular vote in Switzerland on 5 June 2016, is - according to Ralph Kundig - the logical response to developments in the economy. These imply less and less connection between employment and the economy, and consequently between employment and the social safety net. Ralph is the president of BIEN-Switzerland, the association fighting to introduce an UBI in Switzerland
Big data, learning machines, digitization, open source: all are developments which threaten jobs, even highly qualified ones. Unemployment is rising and social security costs are mushrooming, with fewer and fewer workers to pay for it and feeble economic growth. The way things are going means that neither the economy nor social security can any longer remain dependent on employment.
We are already seeing that salaries no longer bear much relation to the usefulness of the work done. The proportion of the population whose revenue is derived from work is a mere 40%; all the others accomplish tasks which are equally necessary to value creation but are unpaid, such as caring for family, learning, volunteer work or art and culture. In the 21st century, the concept of paid work as the sole source of income, social integration and human value creation has become obsolete.
The twenty-first edition of the interdisciplinary social science journal « A Contrario », entirely devoted to basic income, was published:
« Un revenu de base – une responsabilité citoyenne » A basic income - a civic responsibility
A contrario N°21, Serge Margel (dir.), 172 pages.
A new book on the RBI, written by Daniel Häni and Philip Kovce, just released «Was fehlt, wenn alles ist da?» (What is missing when everything is there?)
Why the unconditional basic income raises the good questions.
The unconditional basic income dramatically raises the question of self-determination of a person: what work would you do if you had no need to earn a living? What do you think you are capable of, and what the others? [+]
Génération-RBI [UBI] launched a new prospectus for information on the UBI initiative. This is a pamphlet of five double-sided pages that have the essential information, on eight stories and the opinion of two experts: Mr. Guy-Olivier Segond, former Chairman of the State Council and the Department of Action social and health of the Canton of Geneva, and Mr. Sergio Rossi, Professor, Chair of macroeconomics and Monetary Economics, Department of Political Economy at the UNIFR.
An innovative and attractive graphic design, a lively and catchy editorial content makes you want to browse the prospectus, to show it to his friends and inspires the general public for more information. Ask soon your own prospectus for distribution via our our order form !
Note: yet only available in FR. [+]