Santens is 37 years old, and he’s a leader in the basic income movement—a worldwide network of thousands of advocates (26,000 on Reddit alone) who believe that governments should provide every citizen with a monthly stipend big enough to cover life’s basic necessities. The idea of a basic income has been around for decades, and it once drew support from leaders as different as Martin Luther King Jr. and Richard Nixon. But rather than waiting for governments to act, Santens has started crowdfunding his own basic income of $1,000 per month. He’s nearly halfway to his his goal.
A few weeks ago I discovered Scott Santens through a Medium post that I linked to. We've been hearing this debate a lot lately, more than usual I might say. There are reasons to be worried though, but it's also true that we've been hearing about AI taking off for a lot of time, but it hasn't happened, yet. Despite there's the unequivocal sense that we are getting closer and closer and the pace at which we are moving is rapidly accelerating.
Few specific verticals are already fully developed and ready to be operating, even creative ones, and one wonders if this is a matter of technical limitations or societal implications. The societal aspect of AI might be the biggest issue our society has ever faced and it seems like the people who should be discussing it, are not. Therefore it's not surprising that initiatives like the one led by Santens is thriving and greatly followed. The guy has even crowdfunded his own lifetime income that will allow him to work in the cause.