The Right to Money as the Fundamental Right of Individuals in the Coming Digital Economy

12 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2017

Date Written: April 23, 2017


Poverty has been a common feature in all human societies since the dawn of civilization. Purchasing power of an individual decides her standard of living. In many cases, it even decides whether a person can live or not (eg: in starvation or malnourishment, victims have no purchasing power to buy calories). As such, the Right to Life philosophy of many National Constitutions comes to naught if the state cannot ensure adequate purchasing power for its people. Thus an individual should have Right to Money in order to live with respect and dignity. In this paper, we will explore the concept of the Right to Money and how it is linked to the Right to Life.

We will see how the Right to Money concept can ensure a continued economic expansion even in a scenario when automation has reached a critical point (i.e Technological Singularity). Right to Money can also ensure continued human dominance over Machine Intelligence as and when they arise. Interestingly the Right to Money leads to another advanced concept – The Right to Machines which will make certain that there is continued synergy between human and artificial intelligence in future and that the Human race stays relevant. The paper concludes as to how human society can be best prepared economically (or otherwise) for a Post-Technological Singularity scenario.

Keywords: Right to Life, Economic Right, Money, Life

JEL Classification: D31, H55, O32, O33,P24, P36, P48, Q55

Suggested Citation

Hegadekatti, Kartik, The Right to Money as the Fundamental Right of Individuals in the Coming Digital Economy (April 23, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

Kartik Hegadekatti (Contact Author)

DoPT,Government of India ( email )

DoPT,North Block
New Delhi, Delhi 110001
+91-9483715544 (Phone)


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