As digitization dramatically changes the construct of the entire workforce, including taxi drivers, factory workers, and service industry employees, we all face a critical decision on what that means for us as a society. Can our current model be sustained? How do we retrain large parts of the workforce? How do we support those in need? How do we prioritize education? How do we foster innovation? How do we avoid a social gap so large that it will be hard to recover from? If nothing else, these issues beg the question: can we afford not to at least consider UBI before the digital economy truly changes the world around us?

To learn more about the Future of Work and the rise of the Digital Worker, read “Live Business: The Rise of the Digital Workforce.”

Michael Rander is the global research director for Future Of Work at SAP.
This story originally appeared on The Digitalist as part of the 10 Weeks of Live Business series.