Microsoft founder Bill Gates believes that unlike humans, robots should also be taxed. In a video interview with Quartz, Gates shared his thoughts on how human workers are taxed on their hard earned income and the same should be done for robots also. He said, “Right now if a human worker does, you know, $50,000 worth of work in a factory, that income is taxed. If a robot comes into do the same thing, you’d think we’d tax the robot at a similar level.” While this topic has been discussed a lot in the past, Bill Gates decides to take a step ahead and says that this will help us get “net ahead.”
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In the last few years, the use of robots has ben incresing. While a lot of people might think that this may harm in future, it will actually prove to helpful. With the increase in the employment of robots, the work load on humans will take a shift. One could just leave his/her job on the automated humans to free up the labour and focus on different others things including teaching kids with disabilities, caring for the elderly and other jobs that require empathy, according to a report in Observer.
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Funds collected from the income tax of robots could be used to do other goods and also would allow the maintainance of revenue for federal departments.