"Imagine this scenario.
Your economy hits a rough patch and some people start losing their jobs.
Over several months, the job losses slowly edge higher.
As always, economists start arguing about the meaning of the rising
unemployment rate but they can't agree on its cause.
But then — bang!
Stimulus payments start automatically flowing to households anyway.
The unemployment rate has hit a certain trigger, a real-time indicator that the
economy is in recession, long before policymakers would traditionally make that
And the payments are already hitting peoples' bank accounts to alleviate the
pain of rising joblessness, and to hopefully reduce the severity of the
And the best part?
It's occurred without politicians getting involved. People are getting the
stimulus payments without having to wait for the government to give the okay.
Does that sound far-fetched?
Well, it's not."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics