Access to the 12 basic needs of humanity and financial resources are pillars of human achievement in our modern era. These resources can be gained through personal effort or via support systems like the Universal Basic Income (UBI).
The idea of UBI, which has been considered for millennia, arose as a solution for community members struggling to earn a living. With technology’s burgeoning influence on job markets and wage earning, the need for such a safety net is becoming unequivocal – it’s not a question of “if,” but “when.”
However, this shift does not spell the end of productivity. Education will pivot us towards letting technology handle mundane tasks and redirect our focus from just earning a living to holistic development encompassing body, mind, character, and spirit.
Yet, we must also grapple with a human factor: comfort often prompts a desire for entertainment and adventure, sometimes leading individuals to unhealthy habits or addiction. If UBI is provided without checks and balances, resources intended to support basic needs may be consumed by addiction.
Therefore, alongside UBI, an infrastructure that identifies and assists those battling addiction is vital. With the ethical and responsible application of artificial intelligence, behavioral patterns indicating addiction can be spotted.
For individuals struggling with addiction, UBI resources should be redirected to provide treatment at health facilities. Once they overcome their addiction, they can rejoin society, where UBI can truly contribute to their well-being and personal growth.
Last Updated on June 23, 2023