Man vs Machine

The Potential of Artificial Intelligence and Universal Basic Income

December 12, 2016 Galvanize, 543 Howard st. San Francisco

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About the Event

Will advances in artificial intelligence make an unemployment crisis inevitable within the next twenty years? The man vs. machine argument is far from novel, but some contend that this moment in history is unique. Is this the latest manifestation of techno-pessimism or will truck drivers and other American workers soon become endangered species?

Failure to reverse unemployment trends with conventional interventions has led in the last decade or so to the basic income idea being taken seriously in policy debates throughout Europe. Recent efforts include the 2013 Citizens’ Initiative in Switzerland and the forthcoming 2017 basic income pilot study in Finland. But is a basic income a feasible, appropriate solution to address the potential unemployment crisis in the United States? If so, how, and why is Y Combinator leading this research?


Roy Bahat
Roy Bahat leads Bloomberg Beta, an early-stage venture firm that invests in the future of work with a focus on machine intelligence. He is also the co-chair of the Shift Commission, a partnership between Bloomberg and think-tank New America, which is looking at the impact of technology and automation on the future of work and workers.
Niall Ferguson
Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He has authored fourteen books and is a weekly columnist for the London Sunday Times and Boston Globe.
Matt Krisiloff [Via Video Recording]
Matt Krisiloff helps lead the Basic Income research and YC Fellowship at Y Combinator.
Michael Faye
Michael Faye is co-founder of GiveDirectly as well as co-founder and President of Segovia Technology. He has been published in the American Economic Review and Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, among others.
Kim Mai-Cutler [Moderator]
Kim-Mai Cutler is a technology journalist and columnist for TechCrunch. Her work has focused on the intersection of the technology, culture, and politics. She has worked for Bloomberg, VentureBeat and The Wall Street Journal.



VIP Reception


Opening Remarks


UBI Pilot Presentation by Y Combinator and GiveDirectly


Panel Discussion


Event Concludes



The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 offered a public forum for thoughtful individuals to grapple with the pressing issues confronting America at that time. In 2016, Lincoln Network will convene Lincoln-Douglas Forum conversations that will help elevate public policy discourse among the technology community in the Bay Area, inspiring more critical and creative thinking.