Bill Gates thinks robots who Steal jobs should pay taxes

Microsoft logoIf there is one facet of life that all of us cannot escape from, it would be the fact that if you work, you have to pay taxes. So the question s, if a robot were eventually to take over a job that youre doing, like in a manufacturing facility, does the robot have to pay taxes too? Bill Gates certainly seems to think so.

During an interview with Quartzs editor-in-chief Kevin Delaney, Gates was quoted as saying, 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, youd think that wed tax the robot at a similar level.

Bill Gates thinks robots who Steal jobs should pay taxes

Of course since robots cant actually pay taxes, Gates suggests that maybe the money companies save from using robots in place of humans should be paid as some form of income tax. According to Gates, But you cant just give up that income tax, because thats part of how youve been funding that level of human workers.

Whether or not this is something that governments will take into consideration in the future remains to be seen, but we guess companies might not be too pleased if this were to happen. After all the point of robots is to reduce costs and to be more efficient, and if they had to pay for that (on top of purchasing the robots) it wouldnt make sense anymore, or would it? What do you guys think? Should robots pay taxes?

Source: Ubergizmo

Tags: Bill Gates, technologies

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