Robot workers could lead to universal basic income in Hawaii

vintage robot
Credit: Caracarafoto / Shutterstock

Politicians in Hawaii are debating using a universal basic income to offset the potential robot job-pocalypse. It’s a trend other states might consider joining as AI is poised to take on a larger role in the work force.

The new bill — which was passed earlier this year and basically opened a conversation with the state’s departments of labor and business — proposed a guaranteed income for a person to live on, regardless of their employment status. Considering many retail jobs are likely to be replaced with automated workers sooner rather than later, the bill’s supporters think this could be a saving grace for Hawaii’s largely tourist-based labor force.

State Representative Chris Lee, who introduced the legislation, told CBS that he wants “to be sure that everybody will benefit from the technological revolution that we’re seeing to make sure no one’s left behind.”

It’s a nice idea, but the money would have to come from somewhere, and no one so far has proposed a source of funding.

Read next: Dutch study pegs 115 years as maximum human lifespan