Advancing the Debate on Taxing Robots

Advancing the Debate on Taxing Robots

Ryan Abbott on left, moderator Gideon Lichfield, and Ryan Avert on right When Bill Gates proposed a couple of years ago that robots taking human jobs should be taxed, I confess that I wondered if Gates was as intelligent as I always thought he was. It seemed a somewhat nutty idea. Why should we tax something that leads to productivity—something our economy desperately needs? And what the heck is a robot anyway in the era of robotic process automation (RPA) and automation software of many other stripes?

The idea seemed so farfetched that I didn’t really take it seriously, but […]

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