CNBC - A survey of 500 individuals in the U.S. found that 46 percent of people support the idea of a universal basic income, through which the government gives a cash handout to any resident, irrespective of employment status.
"The general concept of a floor on income is generally acceptable to and popular with voters. This is a solid first step," writes Misha Chellam, the founder of startup-training company Tradecraft and a signatory of the Economic Security Project, a newly founded research organization dedicated to learning more about the implications of universal basic income.
The research joins a flurry of conversations about UBI. The Economic Security Project, co-chaired by Hughes, was announced earlier this month and has so far raised $10 million in private funding to research the practical implications of the idea.
Also, Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and Tesla, said recently that he considers UBI to be a nearly foregone conclusion. "There is a pretty good chance we end up with a universal basic income, or something like that, due to automation," Musk told CNBC. "Yeah, I am not sure what else one would do. I think that is what would happen."
And this weekend, word came out that Finland is going to run a pilot UBI program with 2,000 randomly-selected individuals.