* What do we know, in June 2018, about Universal Basic Income and its alternatives (UBIA), that wasn’t known, or was less clear, just a few years ago?
* What are the main risks and issues with UBIA?
* How might the ideas of UBIA evolve in the years ahead?
* If not a UBI, what alternatives might be considered, to meet the underlying requirements which have led many people to propose a UBI?
* What can we learn from previous and ongoing experiments in Basic Income?
* What are the feasible systems (new or increased taxes, or other means) to pay for a UBIA?
* What steps can be taken to make UBIA politically feasible?
* What is a credible roadmap for going beyond a “basic” income towards enabling attainment of a “universal prosperity” by everyone?
== The event: UBIA 2018 ==
The above questions will be addressed in a London Futurists event in Birkbeck College on Saturday 2nd June.
Venue: Room B33, Birkbeck College, http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps - Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.
Room B33 is on the basement level in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.
Coffee and other light refreshments can be purchased from the Costa Coffee shop in the reception area of the building.
== Schedule ==
09:30: Doors open
10:00: Chair’s welcome: The questions that deserve the most attention: David Wood
10:15: Opening keynote: Basic Income – Making it happen: Prof Guy Standing
11:00: Implications of Information Technology: Prof Joanna Bryson
11:30: Alternatives to UBI – Exploring the Possibilities: Rohit Talwar, Helena Calle and Steve Wells
12:15: Q&A involving all morning speakers
12:30: Break for lunch (lunch not provided)
14:00: Basic Income as a policy and a perspective: Barb Jacobson
14:30: Implications of Artificial Intelligence on UBIA: Tony Czarnecki
15:00: Approaching the Economic Singularity: Calum Chace
15:30: What have we learned? And what should we do next? David Wood
16:00-16:30: Closing panel involving all speakers
16:30: Event closes.
The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Meeting Place bar in the Royal National Hotel, https://www.imperialhotels.co.uk/en/restaurants-and-bars/the-meeting-place - 38-51 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0DG.
== The speakers ==
** Professor Guy Standing, http://www.guystanding.com/ - SOAS University of London and a founder member and honorary co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN),
** Prof Joanna Bryson, Department of Computer Science, Bath University, http://www.cs.bath.ac.uk/~jjb/web/jb-bio.html
** Rohit Talwar, Helena Calle, and Steve Wells, of Fast Future, http://fastfuturepublishing.com/
** Barb Jacobson, coordinator of Basic Income UK, https://www.basicincome.org.uk/
** Tony Czarnecki, http://www.sustensis.co.uk/page12.html - Managing Partner of Sustensis
** Calum Chace, http://pandoras-brain.com/ - writer and speaker on the subject of artificial intelligence
** David Wood, https://www.linkedin.com/in/dw2cco/ - Chair of London Futurists
For more information about the speakers and their topics, see https://londonfuturists.com/forthcoming-meetings/ubia-2018/.
== Registration ==
Tickets to attend cost £15 (£10 if purchased by the end of April). The ticket price is designed to cover room hire costs for the event. Tickets are obtained via PayPal when you RSVP.
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