Silicon Valley, Universal Basic Income and the Future of Work

…automation and basic income is a development that will free us to do lots of incredible things that are more aligned with what it means to be human.” — Albert Wenger (Partner, Union Square Ventures)

About This Workshop

Experts vary in their assessment of exactly how many jobs may be lost due to the rise of automated technologies in the workforce (robot automation, driverless vehicles, artificial intelligence, etc.), but economists, technologists, and politicians alike agree that, for the most part, the number of jobs at risk of being squeezed out of existence could be in the tens of millions, globally, and that there is a real cause for concern (Automation, Jobs & the Future of Work). Even more alarming, this shift from a predominately human workforce to an automated workforce will happen relatively quickly (over the course of the next 5-10 years), compared to other technological revolutions throughout history.

With AI-powered technology already beginning to replace jobs worldwide (Foxconn replaces ‘60,000 factory workers with robots’ / Robots are already replacing fast-food workers), including blue collar and white collar jobs, the urgency to find a solution to sustain millions of people displaced by technology is being felt by governments around the world and by the very people developing these job-displacing technologies: Silicon Valley is feeling the heat.

Why are some of Silicon Valley’s most influential tech entrepreneurs and investors strongly in favor of (and investing money towards) Universal Basic Income (UBI) as a solution to technology innovation unemployment and what does this mean for the rest of us?

Join Tech 2025 for this special workshop that will explore the ups and downs of Universal Basic Income, why the tech industry is embracing it, and how it may change how we work and live in a profound way.

  • What is Universal Basic Income and why is it suddenly, this past year, becoming the hot topic at the forefront of discussions in business, economics, and politics?
  • Which emerging technologies pose the greatest and most immediate threat to the job market, and which tech companies are driving this innovation full speed ahead?
  • Who are the major players in Silicon Valley embracing UBI and what are they doing to move the ball forward?
  • What are some of the key debates being had about UBI within the tech industry (pros/cons)? How is the media impacting the discussion?
  • How will the discussion of UBI in the coming years impact technology innovation and startups? Where will the opportunities most likely be?
  • Which countries have launched UBI experiments and what can we learn from their results? Which countries are launching UBI experiments in 2017? (case studies)
  • What is President Trump’s position on UBI and how will politics shape the discussion in the next year?


Gain an understanding of what Universal Basic Income is, how it has evolved since it was first proposed in the late 60s, and how the tech industry and governments are debating its merits and potential problems. Through an in-class exercise, explore your position on UBI and how it may impact you, your work, and your family.

Guest Presenter

Adam Simpson, Founder and Director of Future Left, and Program Associate for The Next System Project

Originally from the Democratic People’s Republic of Texas, Adam completed his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis before traveling on to Egypt to get his Master’s Degree from the American University in Cairo. He is now based in Washington, DC.

When he’s not grinding his teeth at the day’s news, he currently works at the Atlantic Council as a Program Assistant for the Middle East Strategy Task Force. Prior to joining the Council, he interned at the American Task Force on Palestine and Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain.

At Future LeftAdam directs content for the Global Conflict and Development and Disruptive Technology beats. His professional background revolves around Middle East politics. He is also co-host of the Future Left Podcast. He’s been published in The Daily Beast, The National, The Yemen Times, and others.

You can follow his caffeine addled musings on Twitter and review his credentials onLinkedIn, and contact him directly at



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Tickets: $20-$45


Start Time

6:00 pm

January 19, 2017

Finish Time

8:30 pm

January 19, 2017


Gordon International, 200 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1401, New York, NY