"Based on your research, how are automation and technology hastening policies like a basic income?
think the tipping point will be driverless trucks. It’s the largest job
in 29 states. It’s 3.5 million truck drivers. Then there are 6.8
million people in auto repair, insurance, rest stops, gas stations and
emergency rooms that all live off those 3.5 million people. They won’t
disappear overnight, but you know business will deploy labor-saving
technology before you or I debate whether we want it and wait until our
next car comes.
Business is not going to wait if they can
eliminate large numbers of workers. And then we’re going to have this
mass problem. Let’s assume it’s two or three million people distributed
all throughout the country. That will make what happened in the steel or
auto industries look tiny."
Bus drivers too. And taxis, Uber, pizza delivery, etc. What will these people do?