I’m not really very good at thinking through tax related issues, but when I listened to this recently released interview by Quartz with Bill Gates, his words made perfect sense to me.
If robots are taking over the jobs of workers why shouldn’t they pay the same kind of tax that would be paid by the people they replace?!
And … as Gates questions with that endearing giggle at the end of the video ….. it’s somewhat unlikely that robot companies are going to be outraged that there might be a tax?!
Gates’ thoughts on the subject have already drawn commentary with Forbes describing his ideas as “bafflingly simple”. Headlines citing reference to this interview such as this one: Robots that steal human jobs should pay taxes are bound to proliferate across the web over the coming week as more thought is given to Gates’ not so outrageous thoughts!
Interesting – no?