While the final conclusion, (the either/orness of the rich-get-richer vs basic income) doesn’t seem to naturally flow from the rest of the article, nevertheless, I am a fan of what automation will do because I’m a fan of what automation has *already* done.
To me, it’s a progression that’s been happening for a very long time and I’m glad for it.
The reason why the either/orness doesn’t hold for me is there is a LOT of variety between a) increasing income gap and b) basic income
But on principle I agree with basic income.
My interest is more the progression into greater and greater automation as ultimately being better for societies as a whole, however their economic systems end up.
Naive on my part? Not really. It’s just that economics is far too complicated to reduce to a binary choice and biased by my general skepticism of Utopian vision.
But I like the progress just the same.