Exploring Alternatives to the Universal Basic Income

Andrew Abballe and Jonathan Kates If you’ve been following any discussion of 21st century economic adaptation, you’ve likely come across the term “universal basic income” (UBI).  This is the concept that every person in a given jurisdiction will receive a minimum weekly or monthly payment, regardless of how much they work, or any income they […]

MaRS Future of Work Conference: Preparing the Labour Force for the AI Age

Andrew Abballe  On November 24, 2016 MaRS Discovery District hosted a panel entitled “Future of Work: Artificial Intelligence and Robotics,” which featured a discussion between technological entrepreneurs on the implications of artificial intelligence (AI) for the labour market. The State of AI Today Contrary to some claims, AI is not expected to make humans obsolete […]

Blockchain – What Is It and Why Does It Matter?

Andrew Abballe  The promise of the internet was to democratize and decentralize information and content. It offered a platform that would allow millions of users from around the world to contribute meaningfully through a peer-to-peer global network. The internet has been successful in reducing communication and research costs, encouraging new collaborations, and lowering barriers to […]