During a recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert — available on YouTube — Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden spoke about everything from his recent string of gaffes to his thoughts on Donald Trump's administration. He also addressed the purported technology-driven "fourth industrial revolution" and the development of self-driving trucks, two issues that are central to fellow candidate Andrew Yang's campaign.
"We're in the middle of something else going on here, nothing to do with Donald Trump. We're in the middle of what I call — other people call — the fourth industrial revolution," he said.
Biden went on to describe his fear of losing the middle class and highlighted the retail job losses due to Amazon, as well as the purported threat the truck driving industry faces due to the development of self-driving trucks.
Yang's campaign is centered around a universal basic income (UBI) of $1,000 per month for every American funded by taxing big tech companies like Amazon, Google, and Facebook. His proposal seeks to provide a cushion for Americans in the midst of what experts call the fourth industrial revolution, which Yang believes is pushing more and more Americans to the sidelines, primarily due to automation.
But while Biden spoke of similar problems, his solutions differed. Notably, he proposed job training, which Yang frequently addresses in his campaign and claims is not the right solution due to low success rates.