Bill Gates advocates tax on werkrobots

Bill Gates advocates tax on werkrobots

Companies that jobs replaced by robots would tax have to pay, Microsoft-founder Bill Gates.

In which way would the distribution of automation to be slowed, and may have other ways of relief work to be paid, says the billionaire in conversation with Quartz. Gates wants, for example, more jobs at schools and in the care of people their jobs elsewhere, by automating losses.

As robots more jobs of people take over, there are less people who are income tax and get government into trouble, says Gates.

“If a human worker is now, for example, the $ 50,000 does work in a factory, it is taxed with income tax, social contributions and so on,” says Gates. “If a robot of the same work, would that robot in a similar way should be burdened.”

More people’s work

As robots take jobs from people to adopt, ensures that there will be, according to Gates, however, for that more time and hands free for other things. “We can then better care for an ageing population, smaller classes have children with special needs to better assist. These are all things that, according to Gates, human empathy is needed, but where there is now a shortage of people.

“But you can’t just have that income tax specify, because that is part of how we human employees to pay,” says Gates.

According to the billionaire, people will be in some fields over the next twenty years, in a single stroke by robots to be replaced, mainly in factories and as drivers of the emergence of self-propelled cars.

Legally regulate

Earlier this week, the European Parliament adopted a tax on robots. However, if Europe is the emergence of werkrobots legally going to regulate them with an ethical framework, for example, the liability of self-propelled cars.

In 2016 said minister of Social Affairs Lodewijk Asscher already nothing to see in an additional tax on robots. “I want to be thinking about how you are in the relationship between capital and labor can give something back to the society”, said the minister then.

At the end of 2015 suggested the Scientific Council for Government policy (WRR) in a report for an investigation into “robotdividend” which “anyone would take advantage of the financial benefits of robots”. GroenLinks Member of parliament Linda Voortman said to want to investigate it at that level.

The American organization-consulting firm McKinsey predicted in 2016 in a report that almost 50 percent of all current jobs is vulnerable to takeover by automation. icularly jobs in the category of ‘predictable physical work” according to the company is very suitable for robots.

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