Rising levels of inequality and joblessness have caused sustained protests around the world, many with violent implications, with recent years being defined by civil disobedience and violent repression. This will only get worse if its not addressed, while automation innovation is an exciting prospect, this advance needs to develop hand in hand with an advance in governing policies if it is not going to exacerbate similar outbreaks of unrest. However, many people believe this world-changing level of automation to be a long way off, self-driving cars for example have been repeatedly "just around the corner" for many years, but it is still always positive to remain ahead of a curve and have an easier transition into the future. One proposition is a universal basic income so that such disruptions do not deepen poverty and automation is used to improve everyone's standard of living, not just those who owe the automated means of production. Although this may raise further challenges that need more policies to solve, such as shorter working hours and job sharing, it is currently working in places like Alaska and seems to be one of the most pressing threats to job security, economic equality, and therefore societal stability moving forward.