Bill Gates Embraces “Tax The Robots” Socialist Idiocy: Four Questions For The World’s Richest Man
by Michael Shedlock via MishTalk.com,
Feb 20, 2017
I am unsure who first came up with the idea of taxing robots, but the proposal has been embraced by academia, socialists, and in general, the radical Left.
Today, entrepreneur Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, endorsed the idea.
What does Gates want to do with the money collected? Here’s the answer: Flush it down the toilet.
In a Quartz interview, Bill Gates proposes The robot that takes your job should pay taxes.
Robots are taking human jobs. But Bill 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. The idea is not totally theoretical: EU lawmakers considered a proposal to tax robot owners to pay for training for workers who lose their jobs, though on Feb. 16 the legislators ultimately rejected it.
“You ought to be willing to raise the tax level and even slow down the speed” of automation, Gates argues.