Robots are fast becoming the main risks to many jobs here in the United States, and employers are fast taking unto the arms of technology in the shift from native employees to robots, and we obviously know the reasons—easier to deal with, easy to control and cheaper to source. Well, Bill Gates has now called for a tax on robots in a bid to make up for taxes that have been lost since many positions have been replaced by robots.
Bill Gates, the world’s richest man is of the opinion that the revenue generated from taxed robots would be more than enough to fund more health workers and help provide suitable health care and facilities to those in child and elderly care. This will be one of the most interesting suggestions, coming in support of concerns over how robots and artificial intelligence are changing workforce and how much more impact they will have in coming years.
These comments were made in an interview with Quartz, and the tech lord called on governments to take the lead in taxing labor from robots. In his own words, “right now, the human worker who does, say, $50,000 worth of work in a factory, that income is taxed and you get income tax, social security tax, all those things. If a robot comes in to do the same thing, you’d think that we’d tax the robot at a similar level.