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Annie Lowrey | Author of Give People Money | Contributing Editor at The Atlantic
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How are profound technological advances redefining the nature of work, the potential of business, even society itself? Atlantic writer Annie Lowrey offers a clear view of these tectonic shifts in her first book, Give People Money: a sparkling investigation on Universal Basic Income. A lively interpreter of global business and the future of work, Lowrey shows us how sweeping policy changes can solve intractable economic, technological, and social problems.

“Like it or hate it, the UBI is the biggest social policy idea of the 21st century so far. Give People Money is the best study yet of the world’s experiences with UBI. It deserves acclaim and, more important, the close attention of policy makers.”

— Lawrence H. Summers, former Treasury Secretary of the United States

Annie Lowrey has spent her career covering economic policy and its impact on businesses. She has an incredible grasp on the inter-relationship between technological innovation, the labor force, specific industries, and the health of the economy. What will the economy look like in 5, 10, 50 years? Will AI eradicate jobs entirely? Or will it allow humans to work smarter and leaner—to use their full creative capacity? And why are mainstream politicians (and everyone else!) talking seriously about Universal Basic Income, a stipend given to every citizen? These are some of the questions Lowrey prompts audiences to think about.


Lowrey’s first book Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World was shortlisted for the McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, and named a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. The book’s premise is simple: what if every month the government gave you $1,000, with nothing expected in return? From this idea, Lowrey brilliantly explores rising inequality, persistent poverty, issues of race, class, and gender, and the entrenched belief that no one should get something for nothing. “It's about UBI, yes, but more about using UBI to think about all kinds of other things: work, robots, AI, racism, babies, taxes, Maslow's hierarchy of needs, abundance,” she says. What role might UBI play in a world with advanced AI and little need for traditional human labor?  Lowrey offers an unbiased, deeply reported account of UBI—while suggesting a better foundation for our society in this age of turbulence and marvels.


Currently a contributor for The Atlantic, Lowrey previously covered economic policy for both The New York Times and Slate. She served on the editorial staff of Foreign Policy, The Washington Independant, and The New Yorker and graduated from Harvard University.

Speech Topics

Give People Money How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World

What would you do if the government mailed you a check for $1,000 every month? For many of us, our lives would be much the same, but for others — entrepreneurs, people with disabilities, parents of young children, blue-collar workers approaching retirement age, the homeless — the world might be radically different, as would our economy, country, and our sense of what we owe one another. This sweeping, simple idea is called a UBI: Universal Basic Income. It is being trialled everywhere from Canada to Kenya. In this talk, one of the world’s leading UBI experts, Annie Lowrey, imagines how it might transform our world, for better and worse, with an eye towards what it would mean for your sector.

The Economic Forecast How We Got Here and Where We’re Going

Why isn't growth working for everyone anymore? In this talk, Lowrey will look at various important topics, including automation, wage stagnation, and inequality — and how the technological and political forces that have made the United States the most dynamic and richest country in the world have also left tens of millions of Americans behind. More than that, she examines what to do about it, and how the country could have a wealthier and more equitable future. Is the country fated to fall behind the Chinas and the Indias of the world going forward? Against this global and historical backdrop, and with an eye for your specific industry, Lowrey’s talk is a must-hear for anyone interested in their organization’s place in the global economy.

Artificial Intelligence
Will Robots Take Your Job? Artificial Intelligence and The Economy

Are robots about to take your job—everybody's job? In this talk, Annie Lowrey looks at the impact of technology on growth over the past century, and examines whether, this time, machines really will replace humans, instead of making them smarter, healthier, richer, and more productive. What path will A.I. walk us down? Lowrey discusses how A.I.-driven innovations—driverless cars, robot diagnosticians, and instant transcription-and-translation to name a few—stand to change your industry and the economy. Finally, Lowrey investigates what government policy and private businesses could do to make sure tech benefits the 99 percent, not just the one percent. This is an unbiased, far-reaching talk that considers A.I. from every angle.