A Universal Basic Income (UBI) is a proposal to pay every citizen of a country - the United States in this case - a fixed stipend every year. This money would come from increased tax rates. Some opponents of the idea cite its cost, pointing out that a $10,000 UBI would cost $3 trillion per year. However, the real costs are much lower, and very achievable.
When I was in middle school and high school, we had a grueling schedule. At the time I thought it was normal - even reasonable - to be expected to deal with the workloads and timetables laid on us. However, as soon as I graduated high school I quickly realized how insane of expectation that truly had been. I think it's necessary that schools like mine change their approach so current and incoming students don't go through the same experience.
Around 200 years ago, humanity experienced a dramatic shift in the nature of living quite unlike anything in the millennia before. We went from using simple machines to amplify human work in specific tasks, to creating complex, powered machines to replace the effort of many people at once. These machines have a big problem: they are stupid. We're about to fix that.
Human history has been been marked by many things - war, expansion, technological progress, disaster. One key part of life that consistently seems absent in discussions of history is happiness. Throughout all of my schooling, I don't remember us even touching on the subject, nor am I personally aware of documentaries that do any more than briefly touch on the subject. How is it that something so vital has largely been disregarded?
Suppose you have a large number entities spread out over a large area and you need to know the nearest other entity or entities. Suppose you also have fairly tight time constraints and you don't mind some imperfection. I present an algorithm to quickly and simultaneously approximate the nearest neighbors for a large number of objects.
Over the next century, society is going to encounter some of its greatest challenges while achieving its greatest advances - and those aren't entirely separate. Growing automation and the looming specter of true artificial intelligence threaten to simultaneously improve and destroy everything we think we know about how life works. On the distant horizon, the warming of our planet will force harsh change upon us. Can we deal with it?