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Bill Gates thinks robots in work should pay taxes

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If robots intend to take our jobs in the future, they should pay taxes. At least that is what Bill Gates thinks.

In an interview with Quartz, the Microsoft co-founder stated that instead of preventing robots from replacing humans at certain jobs, it may be better to tax them and use the funds to support people who are unemployed as a result of the robot workforce.

“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,” Bill Gates

Gates asserts that artificial intelligence should take up some jobs in order to allow humans to fill those positions where “human empathy and understanding are still very, very unique” such as assisting the elderly or children with special needs. The people replaced by robots would then need to be retrained for their new jobs. According to the billionaire, this is necessary due to an “immense shortage” of people in those areas of work.

Finally, Bill Gates claimed that it is unlikely the robot makers would be “outraged” with his proposal to introduce robot taxation. “It’s okay,” he said.

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