Marilva Bang-A-Foe

Chairwoman

Is the Basic Income a realistic, perhaps even necessary, solution for the increasing unemployment resulted by AI?

I don’t think AI takes over that many jobs that the Basic Income will become unrealistic. I think that there are a lot of jobs available right now that can’t be done by AI. In a dystopian future however there will be a lot of jobs lost, however my guess is that if some jobs disappear others will be created.

How would you prepare yourself for an upcoming apocalypse?

From every movie and series I watched I know that no preparation will save you from having a miserable time on Earth. Maybe I should start learning how to wield a sword and buy one to hang on my wall.

What aspect of a dystopian future do you secretly admire?

In the series ‘3%’, three percent of humanity gets selected by a test to live on a heavenly island while 97% of humanity lives in poverty on the normal land. I don’t like the idea of testing people only at one time in their life. I do like the idea of having to do a test or something similar to access/buy a robot for example. This way you need to pass a certain threshold before you can have a luxury life.

How realistic is the fall of humanity?

I don’t think it will be in the near future, or at least not because of AI. I also think it will be a slow process, where things will slowly crumble and crumble until nothing is left. If we look at how humans treat each other and their planet right now I think it isn’t unrealistic to have such ideas.

What colours does your wardrobe mainly consist of?

At some point I only wore jeans with a black shirt that had print. Right now I think I have almost every colour represented. I do like prints in combination with something a little plainer.

Which piece of clothing best describes you?

Colourful socks with a print. While they are small they can put a smile on almost everyone’s face.


Jos Hens

Treasurer

Is the Basic Income a realistic, perhaps even necessary, solution for the increasing unemployment resulted by AI?

Yes it is! AI will increase productivity and as long as AI doesn't need some kind of salary, this extra money can easily be used for Basic Income.

How would you prepare yourself for an upcoming apocalypse?

Looking at my planning skills, I will probably come up with some last minute crappy work which will make me feel safe for about two weeks. After this time, some expert in apocalypse prepping will grade my work with a 3. Hopefully I have enough time for the resit, but more probably I'll be dead.

What aspect of a dystopian future do you secretly admire?

It would be nice if humankind will survive this dystopian future and please let us have the capacities to flee Earth by then. Space colonization as depicted in for example Passengers is really exciting! However, I hope that we will have learned from colonial past and that we treat potential life out there kindly.

How realistic is the fall of humanity?

Does humanity = homo sapiens? Because the end of homo sapiens seems not too unrealistic to me. Neanderthals for example, haven’t made it either. I don't know why this would be different for homo sapiens. But some evolved kind of humanity will make it. I'm pretty convinced we have enough creativity and intelligence for that.

What colours does your wardrobe mainly consist of?

For some reason I have a lot of blue clothes. I'm definitely waiting for the day that blue on blue on blue becomes world fashion.

Which piece of clothing best describes you?

Ha, that’s an easy one: pyjamas, because sleep = life.


Davie Hendriks

Secretary / Graphic Designer

Is the Basic Income a realistic, perhaps even necessary, solution for the increasing unemployment resulted by AI?

I think a Basic Income is a solution to poverty and the wage gap in society, but not for the consequences of AI per se. I don't really believe AI will directly increase unemployment.

How would you prepare yourself for an upcoming apocalypse?

I haven't taken any precautions yet but I guess I'd have to find a secure, strongly built house and keep the zombies away from me, from there. I'd also have to buy and/or make some necessary weapons that I can use!

What aspect of a dystopian future do you secretly admire?

I don't think the 1% should exist, but when the world will collapse they will have the equipment and money to move to other planets. Living on another planet does seem cool. So that is a future I secretly admire.

How realistic is the fall of humanity?

I don't think there will ever be a nuclear war or something alike that will destroy the whole planet, and I am not sure if we will save the planet from falling to global warming quickly enough. However, when that happens I think we will put a lot of money into the development of equipment for space travel so I do think humankind will continue to live, but on another planet that we hopefully won't kill.

What colours does your wardrobe mainly consist of?

Mostly neutral colours like brown, beige and white. Besides that I also have colours like red, pink or green!

Which piece of clothing best describes you?

A beanie because it is comfortable and warm.


Samaa Mohammad

Board Representative

Is the Basic Income a realistic, perhaps even necessary, solution for the increasing unemployment resulted by AI?

I think it would be a temporary solution, IF AI results in unemployment. The poor and unemployed can at least live and move on, even though they are not needed in the job anymore. They might be needed somewhere else. With some money they can train themselves to do other things that might be useful and relevant for our society.

How would you prepare yourself for an upcoming apocalypse?

I would gather as much ginger as possible. Ginger is my life saver.

What aspect of a dystopian future do you secretly admire?

I always like the costumes in dystopian movies. But it would be ordinary and nothing different in real life I think.

How realistic is the fall of humanity?

If we keep waging war on each other, I won’t be surprised if humanity is destroyed as a result of destroying the Earth. I don't actually think AI itself will destroy us, just the people using it.

What colours does your wardrobe mainly consist of?

70% yellow, 20% blue, 5% black and 5% red.

Which piece of clothing best describes you?

A skirt! I feel so happy when I’m wearing a skirt! (It’s that time of the year again woohoo)


Timo Diedering

Secretary

Is the Basic Income a realistic, perhaps even necessary, solution for the increasing unemployment resulted by AI?

I think it is. I think it is inevitable that some, especially lower-skilled, jobs will be done by AI, so people who lose their jobs have to earn a living in some way, and the Basic Income seems to me as a decent option. There are some problems with it though, so there might be a solution which fits better.

How would you prepare yourself for an upcoming apocalypse?

I have The Critique of Pure Reason in hard-copy. That will do.

What aspect of a dystopian future do you secretly admire?

It would secretly be very nice if the supermarket would know what I need and what I want and delivers it at home. That way, I’ll never go to the supermarket anymore to buy cheese, coming home with 10 products, of which none of them is cheese.

How realistic is the fall of humanity?

I don’t think that’s a realistic scenario. At least, not caused by AI. We might blow up ourselves by a nuclear bomb or so, though.

What colours does your wardrobe mainly consist of?

Many colours! I think blue and red are the two colours which you can find the most.

Which piece of clothing best describes you?

I guess that must be a monocle. It looks like it has a purpose, but turns out to be absolute nonsense.


Floor Eijkelboom

Editor-in-chief

Is the Basic Income a realistic, perhaps even necessary, solution for the increasing unemployment resulted by AI?

Stronger than a thousand armies, is an idea whose time has come.

How would you prepare yourself for an upcoming apocalypse?

Maybe I should watch The Walking Dead after all. Or perhaps finding someone who’s actually been prepping for this and then break into their place. This mindset makes me think of Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene.

What aspect of a dystopian future do you secretly admire?

Literally none.

How realistic is the fall of humanity?

This question implies that humanity hasn't yet fallen... ;)

What colours does your wardrobe mainly consist of?

Black.

Which piece of clothing best describes you?

A black turtleneck. For some reason, wearing one of these makes you seem smart.


Is the Basic Income a realistic, perhaps even necessary, solution for the increasing unemployment resulted by AI?

As the number of people who are unemployed rises, there will be an increasing need for solutions to mitigate the problem. Pilots have yet to show that a Basic Income is as effective as some people like to claim. But I'm not ruling out anything.

How would you prepare yourself for an upcoming apocalypse?

There are so many types of apocalypses. Are we talking supernovae, super-resistant bacteria, planetary collisions, 'zombies'? I hope that I have reserved my ticket to the next solar system, by the time the apocalypse approaches.

What aspect of a dystopian future do you secretly admire?

Isn't the idea of a dystopia exactly that there is nothing to admire about? It literally means 'bad place', so no, I do not think there's an aspect I admire.

How realistic is the fall of humanity?

We must be careful in our development of artificial intelligence. It need not even reach human-level intelligence to be dangerous. Its interests and intentions might not align with ours, or it may use unforeseen, unwanted methods to achieve its goals, hurting humanity in the process.

What colours does your wardrobe mainly consist of?

There are many different shades of blue in my wardrobe. Apart from that I think I have every colour except for orange.

Which piece of clothing best describes you?

A sweater, they're nice, warm and comfortable (...and so am I?)