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If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach a man to fish,
he eats for life. Anonymous
If you build a
robot to fish, do all men starve, or do all men eat? Scott Santens
The concept is taken out of so many borderline-prophetic science-fiction novels: pay the population a living stipend, just enough to cover their daily basic needs.
If you pay someone just to live, the critics ask, won't that encourage a lazy workforce?
Not so. According to Guy Standing from the University of London, "When people stop working out of fear, they become more productive."