Sarah Perry is a contributing editor of Ribbonfarm.
To: Human Subjects Review Board
Re: Universal Basic Income Study
We propose to give people money for five years. We will have them fill out some surveys.
Recently, Y Combinator announced plans to fund a research study on universal basic income. Everybody is all excited and/or mad about it. I do not have an opinion; rather, I’m interested in using it as a lens to think about predictions in complex systems, avoiding harm, the modern invention and subsequent fall of the work ethic, and the innovation-driving effect of procrastination and useless hobbies.