Platforms like eBay – Uber – Airbnb and Freelancer are thriving – growing the digital economy and disrupting existing business.
But the question arising now is how to ensure that the transformations they entail have a positive impact on society.
Universal basic income may have a role to play – and few social policy ideas can claim to be as hot as it is today.
Social scientists – technologists – and politicians from both ends of the political spectrum see it as a potential solution to the unemployment that automation and artificial intelligence are expected to create.
UBI has also been floated as a potential solution to the rise of the gig economy – where work is centred around on-demand tasks and short-term projects as opposed to regular full-time employment – the kind of employment that platforms like Uber and Freelancer are based on.