Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang Friday argued for his call to give each American $1,000 a year, and said he disagrees with other Democratic hopefuls who are calling for an end to the Electoral College.
“You have to look up who are going the biggest winners from artificial intelligence and self-driving cars and trucks and new technologies,” Yang, an entrepreneur and founder of Venture for America, told Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.“
“Amazon, Google, Facebook and Uber, the American public sees very little in the innovation. Amazon literally paid zero in federal taxes.”
Meanwhile, Amazon fulfillment centers now have “more robots than people,” Yang said.
Show co-host Steve Doocy commented that a universal basic income hasn’t worked in other places, but Yang disagreed.
“You don’t even need to look across the globe,” he said. “All you have to do is look at Alaska which has had a petroleum dividend for almost 40 years and its wildly popular. It has created thousands of jobs.”
Yang also discussed calls to eliminate the Electoral College, saying he doesn’t even know why that is being discussed.
“It has been part of our laws for decades,” he said. “It would require a constitutional amendment to change the Electoral College…do we want candidates just campaigning in major media markets and big cities? The constitutional framers were very wise. I will say as a Democrat it’s very, very bad form to look like you are changing the rules when you have been losing by rules that everyone agreed on for decades.”
On Monday, Facebook announced new features to deal with a growing demographic on the platform: the dead.
The company had already introduced options for users to memorialize profiles and had enabled trusted family and friends to go in and curate those pages.
But Facebook also had plenty of problems in dealing with profiles of the deceased. Some of those permanently inactive users kept showing up in disturbing ways: reminders about birthdays, suggestions for invitations, and videos that autoplayed memories even as families grieved.
Now the company has said it will use artificial intelligence to prevent the internet equivalent of ghost-sightings. Facebook will invest more in tracking down users who won’t be logging on again.
But even with those changes, the internet makes the dead remain more visible than in ages past. An obituary that would have run once in the local paper is now permanently available. Pictures that might have ended up in a dusty shoe box can be pulled up within seconds. Notes from friends, videos, and other lively remnants of life live on in digital form. Even profiles, clearly marked as memorials, seem to invite us to interact with them in the same ways we would if that person were still reading our messages and responding to comments.
Yet for all the permanence of the internet, wandering among memorialized profiles feels less intimate than visiting a grave or sharing memories among family members. Even in death, the internet remains a shadow of real life — a slim, digital profile that remains wholly inadequate to capture a person’s life.