Opinion | A Finnish prison experiment and an ethical question

Opinion | A Finnish prison experiment and an ethical question

  • I have written before in this column about Finland's experiment with Universal Basic Income (UBI).
  • Under a UBI programme, all citizens get paid a basic wage whether or not they are employed.
  • Many UBI proponents, including AI entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, have said that they see UBI as the only solution to the problem of mass unemployment caused by AI and other advances in information technology (IT).
  • Finland has now decided to turn to a source of inexpensive labour, its prison inmates, to categorize and label these data elements.
  • In turn, Vainu paid the CSA roughly the equivalent of what it would have paid on Mechanical Turk.


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