Saturday February 18, 2017

Bill Gates: Robots Should Pay Taxes

Is Bill onto something, or does he deserve to be pied again? The billionaire philanthropist believes that robots should get taxed like human workers as a means of slowing the spread of automation and funding. While he isn’t sure how the tax would be measured, he does urge that government should play an active role in the process.

آ…Gates believes that governments should tax companies’ use of them, as a way to at least temporarily slow the spread of automation and to fund other types of employment. It’s a striking position from the world’s richest man and a self-described techno-optimist who co-founded Microsoft, one of the leading players in artificial-intelligence technology. In a recent interview with Quartz, Gates said that a robot tax could finance jobs taking care of elderly people or working with kids in schools, for which needs are unmet and to which humans are particularly well suited. He argues that governments must oversee such programs rather than relying on businesses, in order to redirect the jobs to help people with lower incomes.