KMO is packing up to fly to LA for Politicon 2018. It's likely to be the scene of street battles between Antifa and Proud Boys; a glorious spectacle of ideologically-induced insanity. And stuff about AI, UBI, and figuring out whether the purpose of civilization is to create the conditions for the virtuous to make a fortune or to help all humans live decent lives.
Charles Hugh Smith is a critic of the idea of UBI (universal basic income), but in order to understand his critique it is necessary to take a deep dive into the nature of work. Any simple formulation of what constitutes work will either over-generalize and capture too much, or it will leave out certain activities which are necessary for the functioning of a healthy society and which create benefits for people other than the one engaged in the activity but which do not generate a profit and so are often unpaid. KMO and Charles Hugh Smith talk about work, leisure, commodification and the effects of information technology and machine intelligence on how we all participate in the web of exchanges and interactions we call "the economy."
KMO welcomes James Felton Keith, author of Personal Data: The People's Asset Class, back to the C-Realm to talk about why he's running for Congress and how our society would be better situated to provide for everyone if we all owned the personal data that we generate just by living our lives. JFK explains why this will benefit society even if it does provide more immediate gains for those who are already doing well under the current arrangement. Finally, the conversation turns to racial justice, police violence, and the state of the relationship between the young people of color and the NYPD.