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Basic Income Research Proposal

For the past year, we’ve been putting together the best possible research plan to study the effects of a basic income in the US. Today, we’re excited to share updates on our progress and the proposed design for a larger-scale study.

Distill: An Interactive, Visual Journal for Machine Learning Research

The journal Distill launches today. In a nutshell, Distill is an interactive, visual journal for machine learning research. Going forward, Distill will publish both original research articles and expository articles. If you’re interested in submitting, please consult the page about publishing in Distill.

Hiring for Basic Income

We’re looking for a Research Manager to oversee operations for the larger-scale study. This person will help shape the final research design and contribute extensively to the analysis and reporting. We also filmed a discussion about Basic Income with Craig Cannon.

YC Research: Universal Healthcare

Today, we’re excited to announce that YC Research is funding Watsi for a project that will study using technology to improve the quality and reduce the cost of healthcare. Currently, up to 40% of all healthcare funding is wasted on operational inefficiencies, fraud, and ineffective care. Watsi’s goal is to improve the efficiency of funding, making universal healthcare possible.

New Cities

We want to study building new, better cities. The world is full of people who aren’t realizing their potential in large part because their cities don’t provide the…

Moving Forward on Basic Income

We have a few updates we want to share on our Basic Income Project:   Our Research Director Elizabeth Rhodes is joining Basic Income Project as our Research…


We’re excited to announce YC Research’s newest project: the Human Advancement Research Community (HARC). This came out of a conversation that started between Alan Kay and me more…

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