The announcement of the general election has thrown me into a mad dilemma: do I stick or twist? Like many young people and socialists from the 3rd sector that I hang around with, the common sentiment is “same shit, different day.” The belief is that regardless of who comes into power, nothing really changes for the black community. racism still exits highlighted again by the disgraceful way Dianne Abbot has been treated. Many organisations promised to do better after the George Floyd incident, reports indicate that companies were lying about changing their ways. Exposing this as lip service. As mentioned in a previous article the incident was DeJa’Vu for me after the Rodney king incident and I have lived through the same thing twice. The UK government wouldn’t even give Ghana back its looted goods, instead loaning them something that already belongs to them. When challenged on payments to slave owners in the UK frequently mentioned by David Lammy, and the request for an apology by Labour’s Bell Ribeiro-Addy Rishi Sunak’s response was to refuse to apologise and would not discuss the issue.

So, what do I do? To come to my conclusion of voting or not voting, I go back to what we do at Urban MBA: prepare people not just for now, but for a world that will change beyond recognition in the next 5 to 10 years due to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. While the majority blindly watch Big Brother and EastEnders, Big Brother is preparing for you. Autonomy was commissioned by the government to study and research on a universal basic income (Very different to the universal basic credit) and started testing a universal basic income of £1,600 per month for a select number of families (30) in central Jarrow, in north-east England, and East Finchley, in north London under the Aspectt framework. Will Stronge, the director of research at the thinktank Autonomy, said: “This is a substantial amount. Universal basic income usually covers people’s basic needs, but we want to see what effect this unconditional lump sum has on people’s mental and physical health, whether they choose to work or not.” He added, “Our society is going to require some form of basic income in the coming years, given the tumult of climate change, tech disruption and industrial transition that lies ahead. This is why building the evidence base and public engagement now is so important, so the ground is well prepared for national implementation.” (The GLA have also commissioned similar trials as far back as 2020)

National implementation, like the social credit system in China? Or how it’s used in Alaska with its oil reserves? But why? Because new jobs will be created from new tech, right? We believe that’s not necessarily true. For every job created with new tech, 7 to 10 will be lost. Why else would the government be doing the study? The narrative being pushed out is it will alleviate poverty. But we could have alleviated poverty a long time ago if that was the case so I am afraid I am not buying that story.

I say this because people do not understand the mind-blowing technologies that are coming. The quantum articles we put up get very little response at the moment, yet quantum is the scariest of all the technologies compared to current “scary movie” technologies like AI and Neuralink. UNESCO begins the job of trying to explain this to the world, kicking off in 2025 with the “Proposal for the proclamation by the United Nations of 2025 as the International Year of Quantum Sciences and Technologies,” which was put to the UN in April 2023.

The quantum sector is expected to grow exponentially, with the global quantum computing market alone potentially reaching $64 billion by 2030. Quantum technologies have the potential to revolutionise drug discovery, financial modelling, supply chain optimisation, climate modelling, cryptography, AI, and materials science.

So, from a standstill of zero understanding to growth of 64 billion in just 5 years? The UK’s next government will have to make some of the most mind-blowing decisions on issues like universal basic income. Will you sit at home on your arse, choosing not to work? How do we find meaning, as Elon Musk recently mentioned? Ultimately the next 4 years is the beginning of a very different world and whoever is voted in next will have to deal with huge amounts of unrest at a scale we have never seen before.

So, back to the original question: with what we feel is coming, do I stick or twist? Do I vote or not? Help a brother out and send some answers on a postcard, if you even know what they are or if they still exist!

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